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     The Misonoo family 

Nanako Misonoo
Voiced by: Hiroko Kasahara (original series), Yuko Mizutani (pilot episode)

The Protagonist of this story. She is a 16 year old young girl from a middle class background who manages to be accepted in Seiran High, a very prestigious all-girls school, and then is a candidate to come into the high-class group named the Sorority.

Nanako's parents
Voiced by: Hiroko Suzuki (Mrs. Misonoo), Kinryu Arimoto (Professor Misonoo)

Nanako's mom and dad. Not exactly. Her dad is actually her stepfather, and married Nanako's mom when she was five. He is also the biological father of Takehiko Henmi.

  • Drowning My Sorrows: Prof. Misonoo, in the past.
  • Good Parents: It's clear that they love Nanako and try to raise her as lovingly as they can.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Nanako's mom married Professor Misonoo when Nanako was five.
  • Parents as People: Both of them hide Takehiko's existence to Nanako, and later Mrs. Misonoo asks Takehiko to not reveal their true bond to her either. (In their defense, though, they didn't fully abandon Takehiko after his mother's death, with both of them gathering and then sending him the money he needed until he could fend off by himself, in addition to sustaining themselves and little!Nanako).
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Nanako's mom, who's even always seen in a kimono.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Discussed in regards to them. The Prof. turned to drinking when his first wife left him and took their kid (Takehiko) away with her, and it was during these days that he met Nanako's mom (the beautiful waitress of his favorite pub) and fell for her. However, the letter that demanded Nanako's ousting from the Sorority accused the second Mrs. Misonoo of being a homewrecker, which she obviously wasn't.


     Nanako's close friends 

Takehiko Henmi (alias Takehiko Misonoo)
Voiced by: Tessho Genda

Nanako's former tutor, who helped her to get into Seiran. Nanako writes letter to him to tell her how her highschool life is, and refers to him as "Oniisama" ("Older brother").

He is actually the son of Professor Misonoo, from a former marriage. (Hence why the different surname, with "Henmi" being Takehiko's mom's maiden name.) Therefore he is Nanako's older brother, sorta. Unlike Nanako, he knows about their relationship; however, he hasn't been in direct contact with the Professor for several years, despite the death of his mother some years after the (rather bitter) divorce process, and how both the Prof. and Nanako's mom secretly provided young Takehiko with the money needed for his expenses until he could support himself.

  • Big Brother Mentor: To Nanako
  • Chick Magnet: Fukiko and Kaoru are both deeply in love with him. Nanako is very attached to him in a platonic way.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Takeshi Ichinomiya
  • Hot Teacher: Was Nanako's Cram School teacher. (And Tomoko's as well, in the anime)
  • Irony: Nanako calls him "Oniisama" ("dear brother") in her letters. It turns out he's actually her stepbrother, aka the son from Professor Misonoo's first marriage, and he can't tell her.)
  • Nice Guy
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The noble to Takashi's roguish.
  • Oblivious to Love: He has no idea that Fukiko has been in love with him for six years, although in all fairness, it's implied that he barely sees her. Fukiko's own brother did not realize that she was in love with Takehiko, either.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He is a very good looking young man, enough to swipe several girls off their feet.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had he attended Fukiko's birthday party 6 years ago, Fukiko would've not gone as crazy as she did...

Tomoko Arikura
Voiced by: Waka Kanda

Nanako's cheerful and tomboyish best friend, who got into Seiran with her. She is the main anchor between Nanako and Real Life, alongside Takehiko and her parents.

Mariko Shinobu
Voiced by: Sakiko Tamagawa

The first friend that Nanako makes in Seiran, and a fellow Sorority candidate. She is straightforward, passionate, and quite clingy to those she cares for.

     Seiran first year students 

Aya Misaki
Voiced by: Masako Katsuki

The daughter of a former Seiran student who also was in the Sorority and of a famous lawyer, Aya is another Sorority candidate and Mariko's rival since junior high. Once she doesn't get chosen to join such an elite group, she starts attacking Nanako and Mariko mercilessly...

  • Alpha Bitch
  • Ascended Extra: She is much more prominent and developed in the anime than in the manga.
  • Break the Haughty: Especially pecially in the anime.
  • Cry for the Devil: Used in-universe in the anime, when Mariko realizes that she and Aya are Not So Different, she ends up bawling for both of them and has a huge Heroic BSoD.
  • Daddy's Girl: Hinted in her conversation with Miki and Megumi in the first anime episode.
  • Heel–Face Turn. In the anime rendition of the Sorority Disolution arc, she's made somewhat more sympathetic, and it culminates in this. It also happens in the manga, but off-screen.
  • Hidden Depths: Again in the anime, the aforementioned Dissolution arc shows us what truely lays behind her psyche. It's... not pretty.
  • Interrupted Suicide: In the TV series, after karma catches with her, Aya is left so devistated that she almost drowns herself in the sea, but is stopped by Nanako and Tomoko. Mariko arrives later and gives her a You Are Not Alone speech, starting to mend their broken friendship.
  • Pet the Dog: In the anime she shows genuine kindness to her Big, Friendly Dog, Halloween. That, and she does care for her Girl Posse.
  • The Rival: More to Mariko than to Nanako. It's explained in the anime: Mariko tells Tomoko and Nanako that they were relatively close in middle school, but Aya threw her under the bus in a sports competition and things never were the same from then on.
  • Taking the Heat: In the anime, when Miyuki and Megumi steal and try to burn the signatures for the Sorority dissolution (under the orders of Ogiwara and Komabayashi), Aya willingly takes the blame.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Aya's supreme arrogance and belief that she can pull a Karma Houdini on everything due to her social status get her physically (by either Mariko or Kaoru) or verbally (in the anime, by Tomoko and once by Fukiko) bitchslapped more than once. Specially when she taunts her rival Mariko due to her horrible home life - after pressing the already unstable Mariko's biggest Berserk Button to the freaking bottom, she gets slashed by her boxcutter in public.

Junko Nakaya
Voiced by: Mayumi Setou

A junior Sorority member, who came in alongside Nanako and Mariko. Episode 15 of the anime focuses on her and her issues.

Megumi Furuta and Miyuki Sonobe
Voiced by: Miki Ito (Megumi), Yumi Takada (Miyuki)

Aya Misaki's Girl Posse, and apparently the only friends she has in school. Megumi has short hair and a somewhat deeper voice than other girls, while Miyuki has pigtails and acts a little more childish. They only appear in the anime.

     The Three Magnificent Ones 

Fukiko Ichinomiya aka "Miya-sama"
Voiced by: Mami Koyama

The leader of the very exclusive Sorority and daughter to the very rich and noble Ichinomiya family, as well as one of the "Magnificent Three" of Seiran alongside Rei and Kaoru. Very composed and calm and a born leaderess, but with a far more complicated mind.

  • Aloof Big Sister: To her half-sister Rei.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: She gives one to Nanako, but it turns out to be fake.
  • Bungled Suicide: She tries to drown herself after she realizes that Takehiko broke their promise and did not attend her birthday party. Some time afterwards, she enters a suicide pact with a young Rei, but gets too frightened when faced with the reality of it and does not slash her wrists. Later, she tries jumping off a building but is stopped by Rei.
  • Berserk Button: People should neither make any allusions (even if accidental) towards her onesided love for Takehiko, nor speak openly against anything related to the Sorority. Those who do shall expect some huge retribution.
  • Break the Haughty: The last parts of the series, and especially the anime, is dedicated to take this proud young woman and smash her pride to pieces
  • Domestic Abuse: The way she treats her half-sister Rei is horrible.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Gifted pianist and violinist.
  • Flower Motifs: Roses, specially red ones. She sometimes wears a long black skirt with a red rose pattern, often walks through a garden full of roses, and people who want to win her favor try to give her rose bouquets ( In episode 15, Junko does it and fails when Fukiko gets her expelled from the Sorority, and Mariko tells Nanako to bring her some when Fukiko gets angry over Nanako defending Junko.)
  • Green-Eyed Monster: With bonus points for Fukiko actually having green eyes. In spite of her confident and serene appearance, Fukiko tends to become furiously jealous whenever she sees Nanako close to Takehiko and Rei.
  • Hair Decorations: Often wears simple hairbands, even when she sleeps.
  • Heroic BSoD: When a dying Mrs. Ichinomiya tells her that she's actually the daughter of a maid who used to work in the house and that Rei is her full sister, Fukiko has a massive meltdown, as her whole identity suddenly crumbles.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Probably why Fukiko, of all people, decided to talk to Kaoru about her unwillingness to go to Germany with Henmi (and, even more surprisingly, she turned out to be the only person able to change Kaoru's mind about the matter).
  • Keigo: Fukiko is an extremely polite speaker and tends to use this, alongside the very formal watakushi as her personal pronoun. She almost never drops this, save from the time Rei pressed her Berserk Button in her birthday party.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Her obsessive infatuation with Henmi has led Fukiko to put innocent Nanako through a great deal of trauma, and made her lash out (very publicly) at Rei as well, who was equally innocent.
  • Loving a Shadow: In spite of being in love with Takehiko for six years, she doesn't really know him. Oddly enough, she doesn't seem to make any effort to talk to him, probably because his very presence has a powerful effect on her.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Especially to poor Rei, and later to Nanako.
  • Missing Mom: Happens twice to Fukiko. Mrs. Ichinomiya died years before the start of the series, and Mrs. Asaka, her real mother, dies as well.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Fukiko has green eyes and blonde hair, and her sister Rei has blue eyes and blonde hair which means it's very likely that Mr. Ichinomiya himself is not 100% Japanese. The girl's mother is shown to be a Japanese woman.
  • The Mourning After: Fukiko decides to never fall in love again after Rei dies, Takehiko returns to Kaoru's side, and she goes through quite the Break the Haughty.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Signifying her high society standing.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Subverted. While she is an excellent horse rider and a pretty good swimmer, this is used more as a way to empathize her Ojou background than to show her as a sportswoman.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat_ Even at her angriest, Fukiko almost never openly berates her target directly and more often than not she speaks in a soft and gentle voice, but her venomous words can pretty much pierce the victim's psyche to the bottom.
  • Precision F-Strike: A magnificent, overblown, and very hammy "You shameless BITCH!" , towards Rei, during her BSOD in the birthday party. Made even more notorious by how Fukiko speaks very formally most of the time.
  • Room Full of Crazy: One in her Big Fancy House, full of Creepy Dolls and memorabilia of her time spent with her crush Takehiko — to the point of forbidding anybody save for a single cleaning maid to enter said room, where she has obsessively arranged the items and left them unchanged for six years.
  • School Idol: One of three school idols known as "the Magnificent Ones". She is idolized by the student body for her wealth, beauty, femininity, academic prowess and personality. If Seiran had an official queen, it would undoubtedly have been Fukiko.
  • Student Council President: A position she acquired through a combination of her own efforts and her father's enormous wealth.
  • Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: This is what Fukiko believes in regards to herself. She has kept her painful infatuation with Henmi for six years, and even when he gets married, she doesn't believe she will ever love someone else. The ending leaves an open possibility that she might eventually get over Henmi, but it's ambiguous.
  • Yandere: She may not be a Psycho Lesbian for her sister Rei or for Nanako, but she still counts as one...for Takehiko. And probably to Rei, too.

Kaoru Orihara aka "Kaoru no Kimi"
Voiced by: Keiko Toda

The second of the "Magnificent Three", Kaoru is also the most tomboyish and levelheaded. She and Rei have been friends since middle school times, and loathes Fukiko for her treatment of her. She takes a Cool Big Sis role for Nanako, Mariko and Tomoko, as she is the Class Representative to Nanako and Mariko's class (due to some undefined health problems she had to be Held Back in School for a year, thus she's a junior despite being older than the rest). Also has romantic ties to Takehiko, and a huge secret in regards to her real health issues.

  • Berserk Button: She has two. First, don't bully someone in front of her. Second, please don't neglect your own health.
  • Bifauxnen: She's very androgynous and quite the tomboy, though she's still admired by other students.
  • Bifauxnen and Lad-ette: The Lad-ette to Rei's Bifauxnen, being more tomboyish and athletic and looking more masculine in appearance.
  • Bi the Way: She marries Nanako's stepbrother Takehiko, her old boyfriend, after Rei's death. It may or may not count as Bait-and-Switch Lesbians as well.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Because Kaoru loved Takehiko and didn't want him to suffer for her illness, she broke up with him after showing him her mastectomy scars.
  • Bully Hunter: Very, very protective of Rei and Nanako. The third episode has her physically mauling Aya and her Girl Posse when they start bullying Nanako in class, and she also stands up to Fukiko several times for the sake of Rei.
  • Broken Bird: Less than others, but still. She not only worries a lot for Nanako and Rei, often to her own detriment, but she angsts a LOT over her horrible health.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Nanako and Mariko, and to Tomoko too in the anime.
  • Class Representative: Subverted, as she's pretty decent at her job but doesn't exactly have the archetypical traits.
  • Hot-Blooded: Kaoru is impulsive, emotional and driven by her strong feelings.
  • Ill Girl: The exact reason why she was held back, though it's not known what she has. It's still serious enough to make her collapse in intense physical pain once in a while, often in VERY crucial moments. It's only explained at the end... Kaoru has breast cancer, and in fact, she had to go through a mastectomy at age 15.
  • Lethal Chef: She can't even crack an egg properly.
  • Meaningful Name: The "Kaoru no Kimi" title comes from Kaoru Genji, the lead chara of The Tale of Genji.
  • Only Sane Woman: The most down to Earth among the main girls.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: A member of the school's basketball team and a very talented athlete. And when she suffers an injury to her chest in the middle of a basketball game and is unable to play fully due to her illness, Rei takes Kaoru's place.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat <- -> Volleying Insults: When her and Rei's friendship is more or less stable, they engage in verbal banter.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Rei. More pronounced in the anime, where they sleep together naked at very least once and Nanako wonders if their relationship is "not simply a friendship, but perhaps something much deeper?"
  • School Idol: One of three school idols known as "the Magnificent Ones".
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The epilogue to the manga states that she died sometime after marrying Takehiko, but she's alive in the anime; a photograph shows her, Takehiko and their newborn child.
  • Tomboy

Rei Asaka aka "Hana no Saint Juste"
Voiced by: Sumi Shimamoto

The third member of the "Magnificent Three", a beautiful artist/musician/actress and former basketball player. After she helps Nanako in her first day at school, Nanako attempts to help and befriend her but it'll be very complicated. Specially due to her drug addiction... and her very convoluted relationship with her older half-sister, Fukiko.

  • Bifauxnen: Like Kaoru, she looks very androgynous, but in a more feminine way.
  • Bifauxnen and Lad-ette: The Bifauxnen to Kaoru's Lad-ette, being an Elegant Classical Musician with more refined and urbane tastes and not looking quite as masculine.
  • Broken Bird: Due to a massive Break the Cutie-like past.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: More exactly, sister incest towards her half-big sister Fukiko.
  • Butch Lesbian: It's more obvious in her relationship with Nanako (who would be the femme in this case).
  • Brooding Girl, Gentle Other Girl: The brooding girl to Nanako's gentle other girl. it ends...horribly, as mentioned below.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the manga. The anime bowdlerizes it into an accident. Then again, Bury Your Gays...
    • It's not even the first time she's attempted it. At some point Kaoru takes her bracelet by force and this reveals a scar on Rei's wrist, coming from her slitting it open in the past.
    • In episode 12, she reveals that she and Fukiko made a Suicide Pact of sorts (and that's where the scar comes from), and under the influence of a fever and drugs she tries to fulfill it... with Nanako. She barely stops once she realizes that she was about to Kick The Wrong Dog, and collapses in tears.
    • Also, in the anime there's a subversion. Rei's death is a genuine accident (she fell in the path of a train while in her way to a meeting/date with Nanako), but almost everyone except for Kaoru believes that Rei killed herself; the police later dispell this, when a boy who witnessed the accident tells them what truly went on.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Accomplished piano, violin and guitar player.
  • Heroic Bastard: Daughter of the Ichinomiya patriarch and one of the maids in the main house. Rei herself didn't find out until she was in her early teens, before Mrs. Asaka commited suicide.
  • Get Out!: Throws Nanako out of her apartment in episode 14, when she attempts to throw her drugs away. She apologizes for it later, though.
  • Knife Nut: She is a skilled knife thrower
  • Lonely Doll Girl: We don't see her carrying dolls around, but the only "company" of sorts that she has in her apartment is her porcelain doll "Poupee-chan". Which doubles as a Tragic Keepsake as it's a gift from her abusive half-sister Fukiko, whom she's obsessively in love with.
  • Love Martyr: To her older sister Fukiko.
  • Meaningful Name: Her nickname comes from Louis de Saint Juste, a political leader from The French Revolution. A beautiful man who went through quite the heartbreak, threw himself in politics like Rei embraced sports, music and drugs, and also met a tragic end. (Though he was guillotined instead of killing himself/dying in an accident.)
  • Murder-Suicide: She tries to do this (while being sick and drugged) on Nanako, whom she mistakes for Fukiko. It takes her target's desperate words to stop this, and she collapses in tears.
  • The Ophelia: She is beautiful, refined, cultured, and tragically unhinged.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: In the past, she was in the school's basketball team, but she has stopped playing. The reasons vary in each continuity: in the anime Fukiko forbids her from playing basketball again, but in the manga she quits playing of her own accord. At some point she takes Kaoru's place when Kaoru suffers an injury to her chest during an important basketball game, and we see that her playing skills have not decayed at all.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Kaoru.
  • Room Full of Crazy: Two. One is her "secret spot" at the school tower, the other is her whole apartment.
  • School Idol: One of three school idols known as "the Magnificent Ones".
  • Shower of Angst: More than one.
  • Tragic Keepsake: A Creepy Doll and a beautiful golden bracelet, both given to her by the abusive Fukiko.
  • Woman in White: If she's in her night gown instead. When she died in the anime, she was wearing a white suit.

     Top Sorority members 

"Lady Borgia" Ogiwara
Voiced by: Emi Shinohara

A high-ranked lady from the Sorority, and a close friend of "Lady Mona Lisa" Komabayashi. In the anime it's explained that she has always been deathly jealous of Fukiko, and tries to upstage her. The results are... a complete disaster.

"Lady Mona Lisa" Komabayashi
Voiced by: Shinobu Adachi

Another high-ranked Sorority girl, called Mona Lisa due to having a mysterious smile and dark black hair like the famous painting. "Lady Borgia" Ogiwara is her closest friend. She actually confronts Nanako about her and Fukiko's deals first. Later she and Ogiwara team up...

  • Number Two: Said to be this to Fukiko in the manga.
  • The Quiet One
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: A brautiful and regal young woman, whose pale skin and black hair are a huge part of her lovely looks.
  • Not So Stoic: In the anime. When Ogiwara corners Nanako and almost tosses her off a balcony and into the river (unintentionally, as she only wanted to know more about her and Fukiko but didn't plan to harm Nanako seriously), Komabayashi has a huge breakdown. She saves Nanako and then collapses in tears, begging Ogiwara to stop and hugging her.

"Lady Medusa" Katsuragi
Voiced by: Kumiko Takizawa

Another high-ranked Sorority girl, and the one that Fukiko is in best terms with.

  • Messy Hair: Which is the cause of her "Medusa" nickname.
  • Number Two: Apparently, to Fukiko. Komabayashi is mentioned to be this, but Katsuragi seems to be personally closer to her.
  • Only Friend: She seems to be the only genuine friend Fukiko has in the sorority. They are sometimes seen sitting together and chatting pleasantly, and Medusa refuses to leave Fukiko's side when the sorority members begin to turn against her.

"Lady Cattleya" Yamamoto
Voiced by: Satoko Yasunaga

Another high-ranked Sorority girl, she seems to get along well with the younger members. She and "Vampanella" Hoshino also seem to be close friends.

"Lady Vampanella" Hoshino
Voiced by: Miyuki Matsuoka

The last of the higher-ranked Sorority girls, and a good friend of "Lady Cattleya" Yamamoto.


Takashi Ichinomiya
Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi

Fukiko's older brother, as well as Takehiko and Rei's close friend. Rei is his half-sister, actually.

Hikawa and Hisako Shinobu
Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (Hikawa), Rihoko Yoshida (Hisako)

Mariko's parents. Hikawa works as a famous novelist, Hisako is a House Wife, and they don't exactly have the best relationship.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the manga Hisako is cute, but still Hollywood Homely (which is lampshaded by Mariko). In the anime, she's a downright hot mom.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: One of the few cases when this trope is NOT Played for Laughs. Hikawa is not just any kind of writer, but a writer of erotic novels: while he donates quite the money to the Seiran campus, Mariko is looked down on by other students for being "the daughter of a pornographer". According to Aya everyone knew but just chose not to say anything, and she openly uses it to bash Mariko as a person.
  • Ascended Extra: In the manga Hisako was seen in two scenes, and Hikawa only was alluded to. They gain some more spotlight in the anime, and specially in episode 29.
  • Cooldown Hug: Hisako gives one to Mariko, when in episode 29 she tries to throw herself off her balcony in her Heroic BSoD state.
  • Parents as People: They're not bad persons, but they have issues. Extremely severe issues. Hikawa is very distant due to his work and his affairs, Hisako is very kind but veers dangerously into Stepford Smiler.
  • Rags to Riches: According to Mariko, Hikawa and Hisako were very poor when they got married, and then got progressively richer as Hikawa's novelist career flourished. (Though at the cost of them growing apart, as well as Hikawa resorting to write his succesful erotica rather than the more meaningful literature he was fond of.)
  • Stepford Smiler: Hisako constantly hides the terrible pain coming from her and Hikawa's decaying relationship. In the anime, Mariko calls her out on it. "Mom! you... you're crying again!".
  • Tragic Dream: Almost at the end of the series, Mariko tells Nanako that she learned about her parents's past. She says that Hikawa wanted to become a great novelist and had genuine talent, but now writes erotica because that's what sells. Back then he actually wrote a really good and beautiful novel, but it was a fluke; Mariko finds a copy of it and says it's technically great.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Hikawa first cheated on Hisako, then left her for a beautiful redheaded actress. They get officially divorced in the last third of the manga/anime... and the consequences are HUGE.
  • You Are Not Alone: In the anime, Hikawa attempts to calm down a very shaken Mariko via telling her this. When it fails, he goes for a Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!

Voiced by: Hiroko Emori

One of the maids in the Ichinomiya summer house. She makes a single appearance in the anime, which turns out to be very important in regards to Fukiko...

  • Canon Foreigner: Appears only in the anime version.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Who knew that cleaning Fukiko's room would be so important in-story?
  • Hair Decorations: Both her maid headband and a yellow hairband when not in the job.
  • Gossipy Hens: Describes herself as such after she's fired for having mentioned The Room to Nanako.
  • Meido: A maid in the Ichinomiya summer house until she was fired.
  • Nice Girl: Shown to be very nice to Nanako during her visit to the summer home.
  • Secret Keeper: She's the only maid who's ever allowed to get into Fukiko's Room Full of Crazy to clean it up.

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