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    Takeo Gōda 
Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi, Ren Katou (young) (Japanese), Andrew Love, Luci Christian (young) (English)
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The protagonist of the series, Takeo is a high school student who recently got his first girlfriend. He's often misunderstood by others due to his appearance.


  • The Ace: He's a multi-talented sportsman.
  • Adorkable: All the time. His childhood flashbacks show that he's always been this way too. This is one reason why Suna enjoys his company so much.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He will send a guy flying if he has to. Usually resorts to intimidating creeps by looming over them until they run away.
  • Big Eater: Not too surprising given how large he is.
  • The Big Guy: A given considering how much larger he is compared to everyone else.
  • Book Dumb: He's normally not great when it comes to studying, but he does put in effort when he wanted to go to the same college as Yamato. Of course, Suna failed to mention that the school Yamato was going to was a girl's college.
    • Eventually, when going to the same college becomes vital to his relationship with Yamato, The Power of Love and Sunakawa's tutoring allow Takeo to get A's on his mock exams for the universities that he, Yamato, and Suna all want to go to.
  • Bros Before Hoes: When Suna had to go to the hospital for his father's heart surgery on the same day as Yamato's birthday, he chose to tell Yamato about this and asked her for permission to support him.
  • Butterface: Takeo's image problem is basically just because of his homely face; most people think his muscular body is pretty hot.
  • Catchphrase: Whenever Yamato does something cute, Takeo usually says in his mind "I love her!"
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Years of being a skilled Judo practitioner, seemingly combined with his mother's genetics, has somehow given him superhuman physical capabilities, such as super strength and super speed.
  • Chick Magnet: The lack of interest from most of the female students aside, he certainly finds his own share of admirers. Not nearly as many as Suna, but then, who does? Nevertheless, he's had several women develop feelings for him, Yamato's friends briefly crush on him, and then there's the very attractive young moms in the beach episode who admire his "ice cube tray"-like six-pack.
  • Childhood Friends: With Suna.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: While he may not garner as much attention from girls as Suna, his giant frame and physique has earned him the admiration of the male student body.
  • Gag Lips: He has an exaggeratedly thick lips, and they're part of the reason why he's considered a Gonk by most girls. But Yamato and Ai find them sexy.
  • Gentle Giant: He's a massive guy with an equally massive heart.
  • Gonk: By all accounts an incredibly homely person, which has led to him being quite insecure around girls.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Best friends with Suna since childhood.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Lampshaded by Suna, every girl he had a crush on before Yamato badmouthed him behind his back.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Takeo is a muscular giant, while his girlfriend Rinko is petite and adorable. This makes the couple stand out a lot in public.
  • Hunk: Downplayed insofar as he has a Gonk face, but his muscular and well-built body is considered quite attractive. In the beach episode, two women gush over his superheroic build while he's playing with their kids. What's more, he's considered quite the beefcake by the clientele at Macho's.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: He's easily moved to displays of emotion. Suna often playfully teases him about this.
  • Instant Expert: Though he's Book Dumb, he almost picks up anything physical right away, such as mastering ice skating despite having never done it before.
  • Kavorka Man: He may not have the prettiest face, but that sure doesn't stop three gorgeous young women from falling for him, Yamato's friends from crushing on him briefly because of his sheer courage and kindness or two sexy young moms from drooling and giggling over his titan-like body.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's very strong and very tough. Despite his big size, he's also very fast and he has enough stamina to run a marathon (and win it).
  • Nice Guy: Though it takes a while for people to accept it after he does numerous good deeds.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Often ends up getting way too close for comfort around some people, usually Suna.
  • Oblivious to Love: Due to his insecurity and awareness of his looks, he tends to be pretty oblivious when girls are actually interested in him.
  • Shipper on Deck: Before realizing Yamato's feelings for him, Takeo assumed that she was interested in Suna like most girls were and showed support for their relationship. Thankfully he was wrong.
  • Younger Than They Look: At one point, some bystanders on a train mistake Takeo for Rinko's dad...at least until they realize that he's wearing a high school uniform. Then there were two different nurses who thought he was a father whose wife was in labor, when in reality it was his mother.

    Rinko Yamato 
Voiced by: Megumi Han (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)
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Yamato is Takeo's first girlfriend. She is kind hearted and sweet. She is also very good at baking pastries.


  • Adorkable: She gets incredibly flustered around Takeo. This also shows in her excitement towards pastry baking.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Subverted in that Yamato doesn't actually act like a jealous, clingy girlfriend, and if another girl denies any romantic interest in Takeo (which Saijou does... though it isn't true), she believes them instantly despite all evidence suggesting otherwise. She is however very, very concerned about the possibility of other girls being interested in Takeo, and is determined to fight for him if that's the case. Early in the Saijou arc, Takeo is frequently reminding her that he isn't actually popular with girls, despite Yamato's belief that he must be, since he's so cool.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She has moments like this when thinking about Takeo, and forgetting what she was doing.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • Doesn't hesitate to fangirl over how hot/sexy Takeo is. She also later confesses to having done many things after they first met so she could find out more about him, such as asking other students at his school about him, and "forgetting" her phone in his room so she could have an excuse to call him.
    • In volume ten, Yamato learns that Takeo is struggling with a desire to become more physically intimate with her. She is very clearly pleased by this development. As soon as the initial embarrassment subsides, she gets a gleam in her eye that Suna is immediately compelled to question, and she leaves for home with a skip in her step, squeeing all the while.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Takeo. One reason she initially tries for risque swimsuits for the Beach Episode is feeling like she has a childish body next to him.
  • Insecure Love Interest: She often feels that she doesn't measure up to Takeo's standards for her, and has the impression that other girls might become interested in him too. Though some girls do find themselves interested in Takeo, seldom any of them do act upon it due to the loving nature that Yamato and Takeo's relationship has, and also by the fact that Takeo is an entirely different kind of "ideal" man than the one they are seeking.
  • Nice Girl: Here is a girl that is nothing but sweetness and friendliness all around. She's even so bashful that she's ashamed at the fact that she feels she wants to be more touchy and cuddly with Takeo.
  • Not So Above It All: Causes some problems early on. Takeo promises to treat her like a princess. But she wants to do certain things with him, such as hold his hands, and maybe kiss. Fortunately this gets cleared up quickly.
  • The Runaway: Briefly becomes a Vagrant Runaway, fleeing to Okinawa upon hearing that her family is moving to Spain and taking Takeo along with her because she doesn't want to leave him. Downplayed, as Takeo keeps her family and the rest of their friends up to date on what's going on with her the whole time.
  • Stronger Than They Look: She claims to be somewhat strong for her size due to manually beating cake batter and other ingredients rather than using an electric beater.
    • Evolves into her working harder to become physically stronger.
  • Supreme Chef: She's really good at baking sweets.
  • Sweet Baker: She is a huge sweetheart and The Cutie, to the point where she feels guilt over wanting to be closer with Takeo, and fitting this personality, she loves to bake cute deserts.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even when she's bombarded with doubting people and better prospects, her heart belongs to Takeo and Takeo alone.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She's a kind and sweet Girly Girl who likes cooking and baking and is extremely bashful about the concept of physical intimacy. She is also determined to maintain Takeo's affections and will quickly chew out anyone who speaks ill of him or their relationship.
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    Makoto Sunakawa 
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki, Yuka Terasaki (young) (Japanese), Austin Tindle, Bryson Baugus (young) (English)
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Suna has been Takeo's best friend since childhood. His good looks often earn him the affection of girls, although he never returns their feelings because they tend to badmouth Takeo and Suna refuses to be with anyone that doesn't appreciate his friend.


  • Bishōnen: Were this another series, Sunakawa would have been the generic protagonist.
  • Bookworm: In episode 10, he spent the day reading through three books. He is also usually seen reading whenever Takeo comes over.
  • Bros Before Hoes: He's never had a girlfriend despite them always flocking towards him because they all badmouth Takeo behind his back. It's very clear that for him to date a girl, if any, said girl would have to like and sincerely befriend Takeo too.
  • Celibate Hero: Suna isn't all that thrilled to start dating, mostly because he has to spend so much time turning down girls who flock to him.
  • Chick Magnet: Every other girl save for Yamato is always remarking on how hot he is. However, this has led to him being chased almost exclusively by superficial girls.
  • Childhood Friends: With Takeo.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Will often do this around Takeo.
  • Establishing Character Moment: You learn from the beginning that Suna has a bad habit of turning girls down. However, as we quickly learn, it's because they all talk badly about Takeo behind his back and he would never date someone who "talks smack about his friend".
  • Got Volunteered: Often ends up going wherever Takeo asks him to go, whether he wants to or not.
  • Has a Type: Discussed and Played for Laughs. Takeo and Rinko talk about what kind of a girl would be a good match for him, and conclude that it would have to be similar to Takeo, much to Suna's horror.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Takeo.
  • It Amused Me:
    • One of the main reasons he loves Takeo so much is because Takeo is so boundlessly sweet and enthusiastic that Suna cannot help but laugh.
    • He starts teaching Takeo's baby sister English early on, in the hopes that she'll randomly call Takeo "big brother" in English.
    • He also never corrects Takeo on the fact that that, in his quest to be able to go to the same college as Yamato, he's studying for mock entrance exam to a womens' college.
  • Just Friends: With Yamato. He's often confused for her boyfriend, though at the most they are very close friends.
  • Nice Guy: Like Takeo, he is kind natured. But unlike his friend, people automatically assume this, whereas Takeo has to prove it due to his intimidating looks and huge physique.
  • Only Sane Man: He often plays the straight man to the people around him.
  • Shipper on Deck: His full backing is on Takeo and Yamato.
  • The Stoic: Nothing seems to phase him. He always has a neutral expression on his face and he never talks about his feelings. That being said, he can be just as emotional as everyone else but shows it in much quieter ways. Similarly, one of the reasons he's such good friends with Takeo is because he's the only person that can consistently make him laugh.
  • When He Smiles: Lampshaded by Takeo in Episode 1: "Take a good look girls, this is what it looks like when he laughs." This is because while he'll give small smiles from time to time, Takeo is the only one who makes him full-on laugh.

    Ai Sunakawa 
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Carli Mosier (English)
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She is Suna's older sister who is also a college student. She has a crush on Takeo.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: Used to be teased when she was in grade school for her height.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason she has a crush on Takeo is because when back when she was teased for her tall and boyish looks, Takeo said that she reminded him of a flower.
  • Brutal Honesty: The reason Oda is in love with her. She's not shy in telling him how badly he messed up in college, making him realize that she's the only girl who had ever shown him such level of worry and commitment towards his well-being.
  • Cool Big Sis: To both Suna and Takeo. Eventually becomes this to Yamato
  • Dude Magnet: She's described as drop-dead gorgeous by Takeo's classmates and has suitors at college too.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Her crush on Takeo.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: While originally jealous of Yamato, she comes to see that the two are made for each other and tries to support them, as much as it pains her.
  • Just Friends: Ai unwittingly puts herself into the Friendzone with Takeo; despite developing feelings for him when they were still kids, she refused to act on her feelings because she wanted to wait until they were both older due to the three-year age gap. She banked on the idea that no other girl would love Takeo for himself before that point.
  • Love Hurts: Though she wants Takeo to be happy with Yamato, seeing them together still hurts her. Hayato picks up on this after talking to Takeo a little.
  • Race for Your Love: Ai does this for Oda, but it's ultimately invoked as Oda mislead her about moving to India- he's actually only going for a 2 week trip but he acted like it was forever.
  • Second Love: Eventually, Ai begins to get over her crush on Takeo and starts to finally fall for Oda.
  • Shipper on Deck: Eventually becomes this for Takeo and Yamato.

    Hayato Oda 
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese), Patrick Poole (English)
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A guy attending the same college as Ai. He's given her a Love Confession, but was rejected by her. Despite that, he still tries to win her heart anyway.


  • Establishing Character Moment: He is first seen sitting next to Suna while the latter was visiting Takeo at work. It turns out to be a case of Mistaken Identity, as he thought Suna was Takeo, until the real Takeo shows up and is immediately intimidated due to his large size and seemingly threatening demeanor.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: At the end of episode 14, he attempts to have Takeo tell him more about Ai's past to get a little closer to her. In his half-asleep state Takeo mentions something about seeing Ai in her pajamas and getting a little embarrassed by it. After Hayato relates that story, it doesn't have the effect he intended, and instead she seems to fawn over Takeo even more.
  • Love at First Sight: Falls in love with Ai because she got mad at him instead of sympathetic like the other girls when he showed up to a class without his documents for that class. She goes to apologize to the professor with him, and later finds his missing documents for him.
  • Love Confession: Gives one to Ai, but is turned down. He then follows her back to her hometown to see the man that she was still in love with for himself.
  • Second Love: Is shaping up to become this for Ai after his Race for Your Love gambit
  • Smug Snake: Ai certainly thinks he's one, particularly after he starts taking more interest in Takeo and Yamato. He was attempting to help her get closure on her feelings for Takeo by having her confess to him so she could get it off her chest, despite the problems it could cause with him and Yamato.

    Mariya Saijou 
Voiced by: Rena Maeda (Japanese), Stephanie Wittels (English)
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A classmate of Takeo and Makoto. She ends up substituting in the relay race with Takeo after another girl sprains her ankle during training.


  • At Least I Admit It: She admits to Suna that she knows she's taking advantage of Takeo's obliviousness and Yamato's generosity to get closer to Takeo.
  • Buxom Is Better: As noted by Yamato, Saijou has quite a large chest.
  • False Start: She wanted to give Takeo a Love Confession earlier, but was always interrupted by someone, usually Suna or Yamato. Instead she just asks to call him "Master" and learn from him, though she never specifies what exactly. Takeo being Oblivious to Love and also dating Yamato at the time, thinks she merely admires him as a person much in the same way Suna does.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Invoked. She confesses to Takeo with full knowledge that she will be rebuked because she's all too familiar with Takeo and Yamato's love for each other.
  • Insistent Terminology: She begins calling Takeo "Master" in an effort to get close to him, though she eventually relents to her intentions to be close to him romantically. When she is rejected, she insists in remaining his friend while still calling him "Master" due to the fact that she also wants to follow his example through admiration, and also because she's already used to calling him that.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Actually contemplated doing a Relationship Sabotage to break up Takeo and Yamato, but reconsiders it after Suna mentions she seems to be hurting on the inside any time she's with him.
  • Love Confession: Gives one to Takeo, but is rejected.
  • Love Epiphany: Falls in love with Takeo after he helps her repeatedly during the relay race and training.
  • Love Hurts: She tries I Want My Beloved to Be Happy, but Suna realizes that while Rinko and Takeo are okay with being her friend, hiding her feelings for Takeo was hurting her on the inside.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Not that she was after bad boys or anything, but she finds herself oddly attracted to Takeo after he helps her out during the relay race training. Meanwhile Takeo believes that he's not popular with girls, judging by the fact that prior to Yamato, none of them seemed romantically interested in him.

    Yukika Amami 
Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Juliet Simmons (English)
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Another classmate of Takeo & Makoto. She's had a crush on Makoto for 10 years, but was always too shy to act on it, only sending him anonymous letters and valentines chocolates each year. She's also been watching him for all that time, that is until Takeo senses her presence and seeks her out.


  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She fell for Makoto in kindergarten because he took a hit for her in a game of dodgeball, stating that he was worried about her glasses getting broken if she was hit instead.
  • Better as Friends: Though Suna doesn't reject her outright, Yukika also realizes he doesn't have any romantic feelings for her either. He does at least agree to chat with her any time they see each other though.
  • Friendless Background: Possibly due to her shyness she had absolutely no friends until Takeo found her and decided to help her get together with Makoto, eventually having Yamato help her out as well.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Her crush on Makoto. Makoto, nice guy that he is, takes her out on one date, and apologizes for not feeling the same.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Despite being heartbroken by Makoto's rejection at first, she eventually gets over it when he apologizes to her and gives her a White Day present for all the Valentines chocolates she's given him. She wishes he can eventually find someone who he loves and who loves him more than she does.
  • Love Hurts: Though she got to go an a date with Makoto (arranged by Takeo & Yamato) Makoto tells her that he doesn't return her feelings the next day, which drives her to tears.
  • Nice Girl: All of the girls that liked Makoto before have always talked badly about Takeo, but Yukika does not. She even sticks up for Takeo when a cop was about to apprehend him out of suspicion.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Sports this look a lot, especially when she tells Takeo that she's been "watching Sunakawa-kun live his life".
  • Shrinking Violet: Around Suna. She does gradually manage to start opening up to him enough to hold a conversation at least.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She's had a crush on Makoto for 10 years, and has been watching him from a distance for all that time. She even has lots of photos of him taken stealthily from behind him. Mostly justified as she couldn't even work up the courage to be within ten feet of him, let alone talk to him.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has gray hair.
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    Kouki Ichinose 
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), David Matranga (English)
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A patissier who works at the same pastry shop Yamato decides to work at. He's an incredibly skilled cake-maker, but his attitude and interactions tended to rub people the wrong way, until he meets Yamato.


  • Bishōnen: Even his co-workers admit he's handsome.
  • Brutal Honesty: He does not hesitate to let Takeo know what he thinks of him, telling him that not only does Yamato not belong with him but he should find someone more akin to a bear or ape like himself.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In his head, he frequently misinterprets what Yamato says as some form of attraction to him. Stops being funny when he demands Takeo to break up with her.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He really isn't a bad person. He just has a bad habit of not realizing he makes others feel bad, like when he finds Yamato's greeting to be off and that she packs the boxes too slow for his liking. He also seems to think his incredibly rude remarks to Takeo is simple heartful advce.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the end, while he still believes Takeo and Yamato don't belong together, he acknowledges that the latter has made her choice and decides to respect her decision.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Makes Takeo promise to make Rinko happy.
  • Jerkass Realization: Yamato's move to call Takeo for help, as well insisting that his victory at the competition was of his own skill after rejecting him, makes him realize that he's been looking at things including his craft all wrong.
  • Lack of Empathy: Downplayed, and again, not a bad person. But he absolutely can't comprehend that Yamato unconditionally loves Takeo, and sees himself as a better fit because they have similar interests while claiming she doesn't know any better.
  • The Muse: The main reason he's attracted to Yamato is more because she inspires him to break out of his shell.
  • Not So Stoic: Usually when it's in private, he shows the normal emotional range you'd expect from someone.
  • The Perfectionist: Absolutely couldn't stand his products not selling out, which is also why he didn't sell any personal creations until Yamato came along.
  • Removing the Rival: When you straight up tell Yamato's boyfriend to leave her immediately after finding out he's her boyfriend, it doesn't get any more blatant. However, he at least makes his intentions honest and does not try to purposely sabotage their relationship, wanting Yamato to choose him out of her own accord.
  • Smug Snake: Again, worth saying that Ichinose isn't a bad person. However, his overconfidence in seeing Yamato as his inspiration leads to him forgetting his tools and almost losing a competition.
  • The Stoic: Changes to his facial expression are usually slight enough for the viewer to notice, but he usually keeps the same face. His co-workers were actually surprised when they see him smile.
  • Supreme Chef: His products are quite popular, with Takeo and Suna liking them as well. And admit it. His cakes look mouth-watering.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In an ordinary, run-of-the-mill shoujo manga Yamato would have fallen for him, just like he thinks she has. He just fails to realize that he's not in an ordinary, run-of-the-mill shoujo manga.

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