Characters appearing in the Manga/Anime New Game.
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- Position: Character Designer (Fairies Story 3, Peco) Concept Artist (Peco)Voiced by: Yuki Takada (Japanese), Megan Shipman (English)
Eagle Jump's latest hire as of the start of the series. She is new to both the world of employment and game design.
- Affectionate Nickname: Nene and Hotaru call her "Aocchi".
- Ascended Fan Girl: Works for the company that made her favorite game, Fairies Story, and is supervised by its lead artist who inspired her to become a Character Designer. Not only that but she starts her career by working on the latest installment of said game. Taken even further when, after returning to Eagle Jump, Kou reveals that there's going to be Fairy Story 4, and that she wants Aoba to be the character designer.
- Childhood Friends: She's known Nene since they were kids.
- The Ditz: She can be pretty spacey and oblivious at times, like forgetting her ID card multiple times, or failing to recognize the inspiration for certain characters.
- The Gadfly: She at least enjoys teasing people she knows well, like Nene.
- Girlish Pigtails: Has this hairstyle, and she's the youngest and most innocent.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: She's been besties with Nene since they were kids.
- Instant Expert: With only a week of training she goes from never having touched a 3D program to full on character designing. That said it does take her a while to finish even one low poly background character.
- Meaningful Name: Her surname means "cool breeze," a fact that is referenced when she decides to leave the baths to cool off in Chapter 33, and when she gets some air while out drinking in Chapter 86.
- Nice Girl: Her cheerful, polite, and earnest personality is one of the reasons why several of her co-workers and her superiors like her. Umiko's surprised to hear about Aoba getting angry with Nene, and when Nene says it happens sometimes, the only example she can think of is Aoba getting angry with some kids for bullying Nene.
- Oblivious to Her Own Description: The first character Aoba designs is based on Aoba herself: the latter's most distinguishing feature is her bright-coloured Girlish Pigtails, and is earnest but slightly ditzy. All of Aoba's coworkers recognizes that character is based on her, but Aoba herself doesn't realize that until Ko tells her that after she submits the design.
- Older Than She Looks: Looks about 12. She's actually 18 (19 in Season 2, still looks 12).
- Precision F-Strike: In Chapter 64, she tearfully calls Kou a "jackass," after listing her various faults- Kou's "selfish," "irresponsible and thick-headed" and "so naïve." Aoba then goes on to say that she still thinks of Kou as her inspiration, which is why she hopes Kou will come back to Eagle Jump.
- Punny Name: Not her, but, in the dub, she refers to her bear-shaped sleeping bag as her "Hi-bear-nating Bag".
- Sadist: She has shades of this, and will occasionally show this behavior off when she thinks she's alone, such as when she's "torturing" a rubber eraser by erasing something with it. And later she has some Skinship Grope moments with Hotaru and Nene in the hot springs. In the manga, she likes to torture inanimate objects. She gloats about forcing a tiny snowman to melt to death inside a sauna and gleefully bites the heads off chocolate animals when drunk on whiskey (sort of).
- Sharp Dressed Woman: She wears a suit to the office most of the time. Unfortunately for her, since she wears a ribbon with it, some of her coworkers initially mistook it for a school uniform.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purple. It stands out because nearly everyone else at least has hair colors within the human spectrum.
- Position: Lead Character Designer (Fairies Story 3), Art Director (Fairies Story 2, Peco), Key Visual Designer (Peco)
The Lead Character Designer of Eagle Jump and Aoba's superior.
- The Alleged Boss: She acts like a boss but her funny personality often gets the better of her, leading her subordinates to think twice about taking her seriously.
- Brutal Honesty: Ko has this problem. She often softens by being funny, though.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She may be quite the goofball (and before Present Day downright No Social Skills), but the reason she's the lead character designer is that she's just that good at what she does.
- Fear of Thunder: As revealed in the OVA.
- The Bus Came Back: She returns to Japan, and Eagle Jump, near the end of Volume 9.
- Genius Sweet Tooth: Despite Eagle Jump provides free coffee for its staff, Ko prefers getting her caffeine from soda (particularly Red Gull), and sees her pudding being stolen in Chapter 17/Episode 8 as Serious Business.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Enjoys her drinks and laughter like most Japanese Office-Ladies her age does; though her alcohol tolerance is nowhere as strong as Hifumi's.
- Irony: After snapping at Aoba, Ko laments that after having to deal with her older coworkers being jealous of her work, she's now in their shoes, as someone jealous of the younger Aoba's success.
- The Lad-ette: An energetic, intelligent and cheerful young woman whom in spite of her striking beauty, is a tomboy who doesn't have a single feminine bone in her body, and is prone to stereotypical "manly" behavior like sleeping in underwear overnight at work and getting raucously drunk on a regular basis.
- Male Gaze: The anime loves her butt, that's for sure.
- Ms. Fanservice: Not only is she frequently in her panties but the Anime delights in long detailed shots of her ass.
- Must Have Caffeine: Quite natural for an workaholic. In the anime she appears to be drinking a large amount of energy drinks, particularly Red Gull. This is very subdued in the manga.
- My God, What Have I Done?: During the art contest for Peco concepts, Ko ends up snapping at Aoba after her entries were all rejected, while Aoba got praised. Luckily after some encouragement from Rin, Ko is able to apologize and the two work together to make the accepted concept art.
- Naked First Impression: Well, Panty introduction as when Aoba first meets her Ko is only wearing a shirt and white panties.
- No Social Skills: In the beginning of the series Ko appears to be quite funny and outgoing. But in Chapter 14/Episode 5, it's revealed that she was much less sociable when she started, having I Work Alone tendencies and an aversion to people, plus a side order of Brutal Honesty and (in Rin's case) Oblivious to Love.
- Oblivious to Love:
- She is unaware that Rin has been crushing on her for years. Chapter 46/S2E04 highlights this with Rin being jealous of Ko being friendly with Hifumi and saying how Hifumi was a better cook than Rin. Hifumi quickly notices Rin's anger but Ko is completely oblivious.
- Parental Title Characterization: She refers to her mother as "Mama,"("Mommy" in the dub) but corrects herself and calls her "Okaa-san" (roughly equivalent to "Mom") when talking with others, presumably not wanting to seem childish.
- Put on a Bus: In Volume 6 and the end of the anime, she leaves Eagle Jump to work at a French Company. Played With in later volumes where at least one or two chapters will be dedicated to showing what Ko is up to, Rin is also shown visiting her often.
- Right Behind Me: Was like this to Hajime in the first episode and Aoba during Momiji and Tsubame's first day.
- She's Back: After struggling to think about her future in France Kou decides to return to Eagle Jump, just in time to give much needed help in a crunch time crisis.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: In Chapter 23, Ko is forced to wear dressier clothes and do her hair for an interview. Aoba and Rin remark that she looks really cute that way.
- She's Got Legs: A fact the camera loves to linger on when she wakes up yet again half dressed in the office in the morning.
- Stepford Smiler: Rin states that Ko used to be pretty serious when she first came into the company, and her current funny personality is a way to cope up with all the bullying she had experienced at work.
- Teen Genius: She was made Lead Character Designer at an incredibly young age, but this also led to her getting a lot of resentment from the older members of the company.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Umiko. Ko loves to tease Umiko by calling her by her Embarrassing Last Name, while Umiko is somewhat annoyed by how Ko failed to teach Aoba to look for errors, but they don't dislike each other. Ko reassures Aoba that Umiko's a good person, and later reassures Momo that Umiko wouldn't just hire Naru out of pity.
- Position: Art Director (Fairies Story 3), Assistant Producer (Peco)Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Kristen McGuire (English)
Eagle Jump's Art director and Team Mom.
- Ambiguously Gay:
- It is heavily hinted at that she is in love with Ko and some of her actions can't be passed off as simple friendship. Like staring longingly at Ko more than a few times, wanting Ko to feed her when she is sick (Episode 9), getting flustered and distressed when Hazuki jokes about Ko getting married (Chapter 27).
- Episode 24 of the anime drops the pretense where, after Yagami's confession of still needing her, Shizuku snarks that the two are love birds. Rin gets embarrassed while Yagami is confused on why she would say that.
- In Chapter 65, Rin buys a novel and imagines herself as the female lead and Kou as the male lead.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She shows signs of this by being upset at how close Aoba and Ko have gotten at the Ski Resort. When Ko gets sick and needs to be taken care of, Rin becomes all too happy to play nursemaid. And in the first episode of season 2, when Aoba asks about why there are no men on the team, Rin gets defensive when Shizuku mentions a situation where a male employee ends up marrying Ko. During the cherry blossom viewing, she also gets upset and makes a pouty face when Ko gleefully eats some sushi that Shizuku brought to the viewing. After hearing Hifumi call Ko "Ko-chan"(just like Rin does) on Ko's request, Rin apparently insisted that Hifumi address her the same way, apparently a bit jealous over Hifumi's familiarity with Ko. Interestingly enough, Rin directs her frustration at Ko rather than her supposed rivals for Ko's affections.
- She's also doesn't take it quite well when she learns that Ko shares a room with another girl (Hotaru) in France.
- Extreme Doormat: In the past, Rin was relatively meek and passive. When one coworker complained about sugar in her coffee, Rin simply apologized, rather than point out that the other woman hadn't specified that she didn't want any sugar. When Kou, who had overheard the conversation, asks why Rin didn't call the other woman out on not being more specific, Rin says that it's easier this way.
- In Vino Veritas: Her personality becomes much louder, angrier, ruder and more possessive (of Ko) whenever she's drunk, and what's worse is that it doesn't take that many drinks to set her off.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Not as prevalent these days but in the past Ko leaned heavily on Rin for emotional support and even now Rin often takes care of Ko such as cooking for her and making sure she gets to work on time.
- My God, What Have I Done?: A minor case, but she's briefly overcome with remorse after learning about Tsubame's family issues, and wondering if her decision to bring the company to Tsubame's inn only made things worse.
- Nice Girl: She is often both Team Mom and The Heart of the company, helping the various employees with their problems.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: If Ko slights her in some way, she'll usually get back with indirect remarks. For example when Ko says that Hifumi's meat and potatoes is better than what Rin makes, Rin grabs a bite for herself and asks if this is the flavor Ko likes.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: When Aoba sees Rin wearing a suit for a meeting with a client, Aoba's impressed at how nice Rin looks.
- Team Mom: She is the one usually running things with a soft hand and helping everyone with their various troubles. She is also shown to go up to bat in getting the girls better positions in the company even if others would prefer better known people in those positions.
- You, Get Me Coffee: In a flashback in Chapter 74, it's revealed that Rin spent her early days at Eagle Jump running errands, including getting coffee for her senior coworkers. Kou thought it was unfair that Rin had to do that while Kou didn't, since they were both newcomers.
- Position: Character Designer (Fairies Story 3) Lead Character Designer (Peco)
Aoba's shy senpai and fellow character designer for Eagle Jump.
- Cool Big Sis: As Aoba's friendship gives her confidence, Hifumi's caring and motherly side begins to surface, offering support, advice and even forgiveness for her juniors whenever they need it.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: She spends money on costumes to wear, and at one point even goes to the Tokyo Game Exhibition in a cool soldier/military uniform. Apparently she spent her first paycheck on a cosplay.
- The Fashionista: To a degree. In addition to cosplaying, she likes to dress up with normal clothing as well. It's to the point that the Extra Material of the third volume reveals she's a top shopper of a clothing store, as long as the shopkeepers leave her alone.
- First-Name Basis: In addition to referring to most of her coworkers and juniors by their first names and "-chan," she also does so for Kou and Rin, much to the others' surprise.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Played with. Hifumi's open love for alcohol is about the one hobby she isn't shy about expressing, being a connoisseur with refined tastes for many different flavors and vintages of expensive sake. However, she doesn't have the stereotypical loudness/crassness of this trope, as her alcohol tolerance is actually the strongest of the cast. This allows her to down bottle after bottle with no worse than an adorable blush, whereas far less is enough to put Ko under the table and drive Rin into intoxicated rage and stupidity.
- Ms. Fanservice: More so than Ko, the Anime adaptation loves to put Hifumi into situations that accentuate her figure, her ample bust in particular.
- Nice Girl: Hifumi is a sensitive and caring girl, whom after gaining confidence through her friendship with Aoba, is always there for her juniors to offer support and advice. She is so sweet-natured and kind-hearted she cannot even muster the anger to reprimand tardiness of work as a team leader, and had to resort to adopting a cosplaying persona of the "Seductive Sadistic Oneesama" to attempt to intimidate Yun into working harder... only for poor Aoba to walk in on them mistaken it for hot Yuri Seduction.
- Prickly Porcupine: She has a pet hedgehog named Sojiro.
- Shrinking Violet: She is so shy she can barely talk to people directly or even look at them in the eye. Instead, she uses the company's instant messaging system to communicate with her co-workers at work. There she becomes much more casual and expressive, using lots of emoticons. Maybe thanks to Aoba she has begun to get better about it.
- Situational Sociability: Before meeting Aoba the only way she could reliably communicate is through instant messaging. She is much more open and sociable in this format. The anime's opening shows this trait when she can't sing the "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune and runs to her computer for it.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Chinese approach to translating kana names using one of several rules: in Hifumi's case an ambiguity is caused by translators using a different rule intended by the author. The Taiwanese publisher Tongli gives her name as Rifumei through mapping each syllable with a hanzi, whereas Tokuno has stated that the intention is to treat it as an expression: the numerals one-two-three (given as Yi'ersan in Mandarin).
- When She Smiles: When she starts smiling, she's absolutely adorable. Heck, Hazuki had an In-Universe Squee! upon seeing her smile.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A black socks most of the time.
- Position: Character Designer (Fairies Story 3, Peco)Voiced By: Ayumi Takeo (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)
Another of Aoba's senpai and fellow character designer of Eagle Jump. Tends to dress in elegant clothing and worries about her weight.
- A-Cup Angst: She's clearly envious of Hajime's bust size and gets angered whenever she sees it.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: She doesn't handle alcohol very well. At Aoba's welcoming party, she passes out near the very start.
- Cool Big Sis: She has two much younger siblings who think the world of her.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She isn't quite sure what she wants to do in the future. She joined Eagle Jump on a whim.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her outfits are typically more fancy and frilly than the others'.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: After graduating from high school Yun gets rid of her glasses to change her image.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Manga scanlations render her speech in pirate fashion. For the second season of the anime, Crunchyroll's subtitles give her lines some abbreviated words and slang.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: In the fourth volume Yun reveals she was pretty dorky when she was in school, complete with Opaque Nerd Glasses.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Hajime's tomboy.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: To Hajime. Yun is annoyed by her a lot and annoys her in return, but they're still friendly enough that they spend time out of work together.
- Weight Woe: Despite being fairly thin she worries about her weight constantly. Though this probably comes from her absolute hatred of any form of exercise.
- Position: Motion Designer (Fairies Story 3, Peco)Voiced By: Megumi Toda (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)
A character animator for Eagle Jump. She's part of Aoba's cubicle group because her team's area has no more space.
- Birds of a Feather: She bonds with Nene over their shared love of Tokusatsu.
- Boyish Short Hair: She keeps her hair short, rides her bike to work, and likes to move around in the office a lot. At least the last part is justified by her wanting to properly animate the models.
- Closet Geek: In high school she was more secretive of her otaku hobbies. She tries to maintain her old image when she runs into an old classmate of hers, but later confesses only to find that the classmate knew all along.
- Gainaxing: She's on the motion team. In the Anime adaptation, Hajime's impressively-large-and-beautiful bosom bounces like basketballs at the slightest of movements, especially in the Second Season.
- Honorary True Companion: Despite being a member of the Motion Team, Hajime's desk is housed with the rest of the art team due to a lack of space. Despite not actually being a part of the art team, she always takes part in all of their various outings. This ends up getting invoked too when Momiji was later hired as an intern, with Hajime getting paranoid that this would result in her getting moved. In the end, Hifumi, being character team leader, offered to move next to Ko, thereby resolving the problem.
- Manchild: Constantly borders on being broke because she spends all her money on toys and figurines, as well as going to hero shows.
- Otaku Surrogate: She is a tomboy that is a tokusatsu fan, and has a collection of model swords at her cubicle, including a lightsaber.
- Skewed Priorities: In chapter 45/S2E04 she spends at least 30 minutes on her phone while in the restroom trying to get a general admission ticket for the Moon Ranger Final Live via a lottery. To her dismay, they eventually sell out.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Yun's girly girl.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's a Tomboy, but it's revealed she's knowledgeable about fashion.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: To Yun. The two poke fun at each other, but she still hangs out with Yun after work.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: The number of times she doesn't wear short shorts is very small.
- Position: Part-Time Beta Tester (Fairies Story 3, Peco), Part-Time Programming Trainee (Peco), Full Creator (Nene Quest)Voiced By: Madoka Asahina (Japanese), Bryn Apprill (English)
Aoba's childhood friend since pre-school. Currently enrolled in a local college.
- Affectionate Nickname: She is called "Nenecchi" by Aoba and Hotaru. Naru does the same when she's not treating Nene coldly. Amusingly, Momo calls Nene "Nenecchi-san."
- Ascended Extra: She becomes more involved later in the story once she takes up programming and is eventually hired by Eagle Jump.
- Ascended Fangirl: Not as much as Aoba, but she does get to Beta Test the third installment of Fairies Story. In Chapter 51 she gets hired by Eagle Jump as a part time assistant who will also be training in programming.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: She's usually portrayed as a person who can't stay focused, and during her stint as a beta tester she's always walking away from her seat.
- Birds of a Feather: She bonds with Hajime over their shared love of Tokusatsu.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite acting up and frequently leaving her post Nene is allowed to stay on as a debugger/Beta-Tester until the end because she impressed Umiko with her thoroughness at finding bugs.
- Childhood Friends: Nene has known Aoba since they were both very young.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: In the Spin-off chapters Nene doesn't actually know what she wants to do in life, and part of her reason for going to college is to figure it out. In the main series she has shown interest in becoming a game programmer.
- Friendly Address Privileges: After Nene warms up to Naru a bit, and admits that despite initially disliking her, she realizes why Naru thinks Nene's just fooling around, Nene encourages Naru to call her "Nenecchi," rather than "Sakura-san."
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: She's been besties with Aoba since they were kids.
- Hidden Buxom: The Hot-Springs scene in Season 2 Episode 5 shows that Nene has a rather impressive rack (bigger than Aoba and Hotaru's comparatively modest chests, at least), which up to this point has been hidden by baggy, frumpy and childish clothes. A Beach Episode in the spin-off has Aoba and Hotaru discussing how big they are when sketching a bikini clad Nene.
- Nepotism: Naru accuses Nene of being the beneficiary of this, since she got her job because she knows Umiko. It's not a completely baseless accusation, since Umiko admitted that Nene didn't have all the skills she needed, but Naru later realizes that she's being unfair to Nene.
- Nice Girl: As childish as Nene can be, she cares a lot for her friends, Aoba in particular. Despite getting off on the wrong foot with Naru, she forgives Naru when she apologizes, and they become friends.
- Older Than She Looks: Like Aoba, most people confuse her for a grade schooler instead of a college freshman, to the point of being teased in college for being a "middle school kid."
- Otaku: She's a big fan of children's anime (to the point of knowing it's Guilty Pleasures), which occationally overlaps with Hajime's hobbies.
- Secret Test of Character: Umiko has Aoba sit in on Nene's applicant interview because while she already accepted her skill she needed to see if Nene could be professional with Aoba being around, which was something of a problem when she was Debugging.
- Third-Person Person: She referred to herself as "Nene" around the time she first met Aoba (e.g. "Nene asked first, so it's Nene's!")
- Two First Names: Both Nene and Sakura can be first names.
- Position: Lead Programmer (Fairies Story 3, Peco)Voiced By: Chitose Morinaga (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English)
The stern lead programmer of Eagle Jump with a heavy fascination with guns and the military.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In the manga, she first appeared in Chapter 15, which is animated in episode 7 of the anime. In the anime, she first appeared in the first episode, in a scene that took place in Chapter 2. As a result, when Aoba first speaks with Umiko in the anime, she mentions that she's seen Umiko around the office, but doesn't know her name.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Has three young cousinsnote , who debut pestering her to take them to the shrine on the New Year's Day.
- Apology Gift: She offers a spent shotgun shell as a gift to Aoba after realizing that she came off as too harsh when informing her about the bugs.
- Benevolent Boss: Umiko is well-liked by her subordinates for being a kind and understanding boss, whose ire is reserved for those who cause problems for the programmers (particularly Shizuku, when she makes spec changes). Nene and Naru are surprised to see their coworkers line up to give Umiko chocolates on Valentine's Day.
- Blunt "Yes": After Aoba fills her purpose in her Secret Test of Character for Nene, Umiko tells her that she's finished and can go now. When Aoba asks if Umiko's kicking her out, Umiko says yes, in a line that's cut from the anime.
- The Comically Serious: When she's not threatening other people with her airsoft guns, she's reacting poorly to the antics of her co-workers.
- Contralto of Danger: Has the deepest and most masculine voice of the principal cast, and much like Dirty Harry never raises above a whisper, adding to her intimidating persona.
- Cruel to Be Kind: Downplayed. After Momo accidentally spills details about why Naru so desperately wants to get hired at Eagle Jump, Ko points out that Umiko wouldn't hire Naru out of pity. As Ko puts it, if Naru was hired for a job she couldn't do, she'd quickly fall behind, which would be bad for all concerned.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She warms up to Nene over time, especially as she sees her potential.
- Embarrassing Last Name: Don't address her as Ahagon. note
- Establishing Character Moment: She is first introduced taking Aoba to task for some bugs with her NPCs, and shoots Ko for calling her by her Embarrassing Last Name. Shortly after leaving, Umiko wonders if she was too hard on Aoba, and later goes to apologize to her.
- Gun Porn: She really, really likes guns and has a large collection of them in her work space, though they are just airsoft replicas of the real thing.
- Insistent Terminology: Unless you want to be pelted with pellets, address her by her given name.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Umiko can be rough to interact with at times, but she's appreciative of others' help and she'll even assist others when asked to.
- Last-Name Basis: She refers to most of her coworkers by their last names.
- The Mentor: She becomes this to Nene after the girl develops a serious interest in becoming a computer programmer.
- Military Brat: As Umiko grew up in Okinawa, she gets a liking to anything gun-related. She even gives Aoba a used shotgun shell as a peace offering.
- Precision F-Strike: In the localization of the manga, she says the employees of Eagle Jump are "all on the same side, making the best damn game we can."
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's a serious person who's often critical of others, but does show a soft side at times, especially when she thinks she's gone too far. After telling Nene that she's being hired despite not having the skills she needs yet, she makes a point of telling Nene that she has high hopes for her, albeit saying that this is something she'll only say once.
- Position: Director (The Fairies Stories series, Peco)
The eccentric director of Eagle Jump with some questionable hiring practices.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In the manga she first appeared in Chapter 25, which would be at the end of the anime's first season. In the anime, she first appeared in the first episode, and appears Once an Episode since then.
- Dirty Old Woman: Younger than usual example; but she is still the oldest lady of the principal cast who openly lusts after her younger co-workers, often right in front of them.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: A friendly person by nature who loves her pet cat, Mozuku.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: She openly admits she really only hires people who are "Girls so cute you forgive their mistakes."
- Meganekko: She wears a pair of red glasses, giving her a bit of maturity.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She's fairly relaxed, and doesn't crack the whip her team into making deadlines like many other bosses may do. When Ko is ordered to draw promotional artwork for their next game, Aoba reluctantly agrees to the committee's decision. But when Aoba asks to have a small contest anyway, Shizuku allows it, on the condition that Ko is still going to do the promotional art even if she loses this contest. It was a way for her to allow Aoba to have no regrets, which she agrees to.
- Shipper on Deck: Supports Ko/Rin, likes to tease the latter about it, and sometimes tries to set the mood for the two.
- Vague Age: At one point she claims to be "eternally twenty" but it's implied that she's older than everyone else; in the anime, she has to take barium at the checkup, which is said to only be for people over 30. Not that it keeps her from getting into everyone's antics.
Christina Wako Yamato
- Position: Executive Producer
A producer from Eagle Jump's publisher Houbundo that is often seen working with Eagle Jump staff.
- But Not Too Foreign: She's one quarter French, and some of her immediate family live there.
- Drowning My Sorrows: She ends up drinking heavily with Shizuku some time after the meeting in which she told Aoba and Ko about how the latter would be given the job of doing promotional artwork for Peco.
- Hates Being Touched: Can't handle having people touch her, or even come too close to her. Apparently this caused some (mostly played for humor) trauma, as she grew up in France but couldn't handle the traditional kiss on the cheek greeting.
- Last Episode, New Character: She appears at the last episode of the first season anime as the party's receptionist, with no spoken lines.
- Last-Name Basis: With the exception of Shizuku, she refers to most of her coworkers by their last names and the "-san" honorific.
- Meganekko: Of the working woman type.
- Multiethnic Name: One of her given names is not Japanese.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She deeply regrets going along with the higher-ups' decision to make Ko do the promotional artwork.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Downplayed example. She's not a stereotypical suit, but she does have to follow the publisher's orders, such as when she tells Shizuku to have Ko do the promotional artwork for their next game, even though Aoba was the lead character designer and was greatly looking forward to doing said artwork. She also disagrees to Aoba's request to have a small contest for the artwork, but is overruled by Shizuku, who allows it on the condition that Aoba accepts that Ko is still doing the art no matter who "wins". That said, it's shown later on that she genuinely regretted having to do what she did to Aoba and fears that she'll end up hating her because of it, so she's not as heartless as she initially appeared.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Unlike Catherine, she's relatively formal with her employees and Hates Being Touched. She's not averse to making harsh decisions, like giving the key visual assignment to Kou, but mainly because she didn't have a choice in the matter, while Catherine firmly stands by her decision to give Hotaru the assignment to design the King's Hand enemy, something the other employees had failed to do well enough for her tastes.
- Sharp Dressed Woman: In contrast to Eagle Jump's employees, who generally dress casually, Christina usually wears a dark pantsuit.
- Position: Interning Character Designer (Peco)Voiced by: Arisa Suzuki (Japanese), Jad Saxton (English)
A girl who joins Eagle Jump as a graphic artist during the story's second year.
- Accidental Misnaming: She calls Aoba "Suzumiya-san" by mistake shortly after meeting her. Embarrassed, she makes a point of writing down everyone's names so she won't make the same mistake again.
- Affectionate Nickname: Narumi calls her Momo, something the other employees are quick to adapt.
- Alliterative Name: Both her names start with "Mo," hence her nickname "Momo."
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Inverted; Momo's older brother occasionally gets on her nerves. That said, Momiji does love him, and is grateful that he's inheriting the family farm so she can pursue her dream of being a character designer.
- Big Eater: Her normal diet consists of a gigantic rice ball◊, she even at one point says she could never afford to eat out it because of how much it would take to get full.
- Childhood Friends: She's known Tsubame since childhood.
- Foil: To Hifumi. Both girls are shy and quiet individuals who have close relationships with Aoba, but while Hifumi is more of a mentor to her kouhai Aobai, Momo sees Aoba, her senpai, as a rival.
- Oh, Crap!: Panics after getting Aoba's name wrong and spilling the beans on Naru's agreement with her parents.
- The Rival: Declares herself as Aoba's. While Aoba feels the same, she also feels it doesn't mean they can't be friends.
- Saying Too Much: While telling Nene and Kou about Naru, Momiji lets slip the fact that Naru's parents want her to come home and take over the inn if she doesn't get hired by Eagle Jump. A second later, she panics and asks the two of them to forget what she just heard.
- Shrinking Violet: Played With. When Momiji first meets people she is a lot like Hifumi, but after she warms up to her coworkers, she communicates more openly.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is pink.
- Position Interning Programmer (Peco)Voiced by: Hitomi Ohwada (Japanese), Jeannie Tirado (English)
A girl who joins Eagle Jump as a programmer during the story's second year.
- Affectionate Nickname: She is called Naru by Momiji.
- Animal Motifs: Cats. Naru often has a Cat Smile, and Umiko once describes her as having "a cat act" going on, reflecting her Bitch in Sheep's Clothing tendencies in relation to Nene (whom Umiko compares to an excitable dog).
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Tsubame's normally a friendly person, but acts cruelly towards those she holds contempt with. Nene's shocked by how seamlessly Tsubame transitions from fighting with her to acting nice while in front of Umiko.
- Break the Haughty: She suffers this when her haste to get through her work results in her code being full of bugs. To top it all off, Nene, whom Naru had looked down upon, ends up helping Naru out of her predicament.
- Cat Smile: She is prone to giving a cat-like smile, especially when she's being devious.
- Character Development: Around the time of her introduction, she's mainly concerned with getting hired at the expense of all else. Over time, she loosens up, partly as a result of realizing the mistakes she made in her desperation to prove herself, and partly as a result of feeling somewhat more confident after getting her contract renewed.
- Childhood Friends: She's Momiji's lifelong friend.
- Cool Big Sis: Despite Naru's status as an only child, Momo describes Naru as like a reliable older sister.
- Cute Little Fangs: She has a little fang that's seen when she talks, which gives her a bit of cuteness.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Naru wants to get hired by Eagle Jump purely on the basis of her own skill, and as such, made Momo keep the terms of her agreement with her parents secret. Kou reassures Momo that even if Umiko found out, she wouldn't just hire Naru out of pity.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Her parents, mainly her mother, do not approve of her aspirations on becoming a video game programmer and would rather have her run the family ryokan. Her mother softens a little at the end of Eagle Jump's visit to the inn, though.
- Fatal Flaw: Tsubame has such a chip on her shoulder about wanting to make a good impression and getting hired past her Internship that this leads her to cutting corners with her programming assignment. She ends up speeding through her programming assignment without properly checking for bugs, which causes a major setback with the rest of the programming team.
- Foil: To Nene. Both girls want to support their friends, respectively Momo and Aoba, but have starkly different flaws. While Nene is laid-back and easily distracted, Naru's intense drive to succeed results in her being so afraid to make a mistake or miss a deadline that she cuts corners on her minigames.
- Follow in My Footsteps: Narumi's parents run an inn, and they've decided that she's to take over after them. When Narumi insisted on becoming a programmer and making games together with Momiji, her parents gave her a firm ultimatum: if she's unable to become a full employee of Eagle Jump, then she will have to return home and inherit the inn.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She develops a hostile attitude towards Nene when she hears about how the latter basically got into the company via nepotism due to having a previously established connection with Umiko when she was a tester. Additionally, Nene just started out programming a few months prior, and initially treats it as if it's just a hobby, while Tsubame was working at it for years and wants to be a serious programmer. Once Nene learns Tsubame's backstory from Momo however, she quickly changes her attitude and helps her to succeed.
- It's All About Me: Downplayed, due to pressure from her parents to return home if she can't get a job immediately after completing college, Tsubame has a habit of putting her own priorities above everyone else. As an example, she opposes adding features to the "red light/green light" minigame simply because it would put them at risk of missing the deadline, and potentially make her look bad.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- When Tsubame accuses Nene of getting special treatment, as mentioned under Green-Eyed Monster, Nene admits to herself that Tsubame isn't wrong about that.
- When Tsubame and Hajime are discussing changes to the former's minigames, she asks who will be held accountable if they miss a deadline, then points out that Hajime, a full-time employee, can more easily afford to make mistakes than Tsubame, who's still in her trial period and needs to prove herself. Hajime apologizes and offers to take responsibility if anything goes wrong.
- Jerkass to One: She isn't nearly as hostile toward anyone else as she is toward Nene, since her hostility toward Nene is the result of her concluding that Nene doesn't take her job seriously. After hearing Momo describe Naru as a Cool Big Sis who's talented in housework, Nene notes that Naru is only mean to Nene.
- Jerkass Realization: As Naru watches Nene working on her maze game, Naru gradually realizes that Nene is serious about improving herself. After bugs are found in Naru's code, she realizes how unfair she's been to Nene and apologizes.
- Kimono Is Traditional: She wears a kimono with a hakama while helping out at the inn. She and Hotaru help the other girls (Momo, Aoba and Nene, the latter of whom tries to do it by herself) get dressed for Coming of Age Day, and also wears a kimono to her graduation.
- Living Emotional Crutch: She acts as Momo's support and often helps her in social situations.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After learning that her minigames are full of bugs, she realizes that she caused trouble for the programming team and let Momo down, both of which upset her more than the prospect of having to inherit the inn.
- Parents as People: While Tsubame's mother is unhappy with her daughter's decision to go into the gaming industry, part of it is due to how Tsubame will be working long hours for low pay. Despite her disagreements with Tsubame, she does love her daughter, and tells her that she's proud of her while Tsubame's leaving the inn, and at Tsubame's graduation from her vocational school (the later of which required Mrs. Narumi to travel far to attend.
- The Rival: Sees Nene as a rival after learning how she was hired. They do get onto better terms later, although Naru and Nene have a good-spirited competition to see who can give Umiko the better chocolate.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Tsubame agrees to help out on Hajime's side project for a dodgeball game, even though it's not an official project and she might get in trouble with the company. It's a significant step for her, considering that she'd been opposed to adding changes to her minigames since it would put her at risk of going over the deadline.
- Stepford Smiler: According to Momo, Naru doesn't easily let on how much the pressure is getting to her.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She becomes a significantly nicer persona after her contact gets renewed, partly because she realizes how unfair she was to Nene, and partly because she feels less pressured to succeed.
- Two First Names: Narumi, her family name, can also be used as a first name.
- Ungrateful Bastard: She gets annoyed when Nene tries to point out that her code could be shorter, and is paranoid enough to worry that Nene's trying to get her in trouble with Umiko.
Catherine Towa Yamato
Christina's younger sister.
- But Not Too Foreign: Like her sister, she's a quarter French, although unlike Christina, she's culturally French.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: She has brown skin and fair hair, as if to emphasize that she's a foreigner.
- First-Name Basis: Unlike her sister, she refers to all her employees by their first names. They respond in kind, with Hotaru and Ko using the "-san" honorific while speaking Japanese.
- Mum Looks Like a Sister: Inverted. She and Sophie are sisters, despite being far enough apart in age that Sophie looks like Catherine's daughter. It doesn't help that their sister Christina is much closer to Catherine's age, since they're both adults and businesswomen.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Unlike Christina, she's more culturally Western, calling her employees by their first names and being less averse to physical contact. While Christina felt bad about giving Peco's key visual assignment to Kou despite Aoba having designed the characters, Catherine is entirely unapologetic about giving Hotaru an important and high-pressure assignment right off the bat, expressing her belief that what's good for the company is good for the employees.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: She does this to Hotaru, giving her the task of designing the King's Hand enemy right off the bat (something that Chloe and the other employees couldn't do well enough for her) in hopes that Hotaru will overcome her weaknesses in the process. She says that if Hotaru can't handle the task, she'll just give it to Ko and have her do it in two days.
Art director for Blue Rose.
- First-Name Basis: She addresses Catherine(her boss) and Hotaru (someone she's just met) by their first names, and only provides her first name.
- Nice Girl: While she is somewhat frustrated that Catherine decided to hire Hotaru to do something that none of the other staff could do, she politely explains her feelings and agrees to have faith in Hotaru.
Sophie Waon Yamato
The youngest of the Yamato sisters, she's much younger than Christina and Catherine.
The proprietors of the Narumi family inn.
- Character Development: Tsubame's parents gradually become more open-minded about her working in gaming. They even go so far as to give her the money for her tuition, which they'd refused to pay earlier.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Tsubame's parents, especially her mother, are adamantly against her daughter going into the gaming industry. They refuse to pay Tsubame's tuition and give her a ultimatum- if she can't get a job at Eagle Jump (her first choice), she'll have to manage the inn.
- Invisible Parents: Tsubame's father is never shown on panel, and communicates via messages tied to arrows.
- Kimono Is Traditional: Tsubame's mother generally wears a kimono, as an inn proprietor.
- No Name Given: Neither of them are named.
- Parents as People: Tsubame's mother cares for her, but is also unhappy about her getting into the gaming industry. She's proud of her daughter for graduating and shows up to congratulate her in person, but insists that she hasn't given up on wanting Tsubame to inherit the inn.
- Ryokan (inn): They run one in Hokkaido, which Eagle Jump visits while on vacation
- So Proud of You: Tsubame's mother says this to her when showing up for her daughter's graduation.
The Spin-Off! Characters
- Voiced by: Manaka Iwami (Japanese), Madeleine Morris (English)
The art club president (and, de jure, the only member) of Aoba and Nene's highschool, currently studying art abroad in France.
- The Ace: Her art is leagues better then Aoba, and even in highschool she would get requests for professional work, like Light Novel covers.
- Affectionate Nickname: Both Aoba and Nene address her as "Hotarun".
- Alliterative Name: Both names start with "Ho."
- Flanderization: The anime implies that kissing people on the cheek is something she likes to do a lot, while in the Manga she was quite mortified that she kissed Aoba and Nene without thinking, and only did it once.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted. Despite being highly talented, Hotaru also works very hard, and gets annoyed when people chalk up her successes to natural talent.
- Ill Girl: Not deathly so but she does get Anemic from time to time.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Not usually but after spending so much time in France her first action upon meeting Aoba and Nene again is to kiss them both on the cheek.
- Pungeon Master: She loves puns, usually breaks down in laughter at her own, rather lame ones.
- Remember the New Guy?: She's presented in this way in the anime. Aoba gets a message from her, and gives Rin a brief introduction of when they were high school friends. She's later shown spending some time with Aoba and Nene in the hot springs as they catch up with each other, and Aoba does some Skinship Grope with them.note
- Senpai Kohai: The Senpai to Nene and Aoba's kohai. While the three are yearmates, she joined the club first.
- The Workaholic: When she gets focused on a job she has a habit of working until she collapses with exhaustion.
A teacher at Aoba and Nene's high school.
- The Cameo: Aoba shows Rin a picture of her in season 2 episode 5 of the anime.
- Hot Teacher: Being young and in good shape makes her not look much different from her students
- Irony: She is the Art Club Adviser despite having no skill in art whatsoever. That said she is able to use normal teaching skills to assist her students.
- OOC Is Serious Business: She's unusually serious when she finds out that Hotaru has been overworking herself so hard that her health is starting to suffer, saying that if she can't pace herself and get her work done, she doesn't have what it takes to be a professional.
- Sensei-chan: To the point that her students refer to her by first name, and she responds in kind.