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     Nanako Yukishiro 
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Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa

A high school girl who communicates through a less formal form of haiku called senryu. She is also a member of the Literature club. She has a crush on Eiji and most of her time is spent trying to have him figure it out.


  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the manga, she outright flips out when an old woman near the senryu centre told her Eiji stopped visiting the centre, to the point of panicking and tripping on a rock and limping. This part is Played for Laughs. The anime treats it more seriously, including the tripping and limping.
  • Adorkable: Her actions and writings suggest this. She also has a rather weird sense of humor herself.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: This exact reason is why she is in love with Eiji.
  • Be Yourself:
    • Why Nanako fell in love with Eiji in the first place. After their first senryu meeting, he tells her if she has trouble speaking, she should write in senryu. And thus, writing in senryu defines her character.
    • In chapter 6 of the manga, two girls in her class has her wear makeup, in which she admits she's never worn any, in order to get Eiji's attention. Eiji admits she looked better without it, and decides not to wear any anymore.
  • Big Eater: Loves to eat. This in itself becomes a problem when Eiji notes that she's getting rounder in her midsection. Even shen she's sick, her appetite doesn't change.
  • Birds of a Feather: Nanako and Eiji loves senryu, have really odd thought processes, and terrible at making smiles (they can, but not when asked to), and get jealous if other have a boy/girlfriend.
  • Book Dumb: Zigzagged. Nanako is good at every other subject except math and science. She eventually ranks 45th to 30th.
  • Break the Cutie: She was this when her depression kicked in after years of bullying.When Eiji meets her, it ignited a spark that lasted until she meets Akari, who was the source of her depression. When Eiji tells her her own words in chapter 2, she finally gets over what caused her depression and lowkey tells Akari she doesn't gives a rat's ass about how the world sees her and Eiji anymore.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: She takes a sip from amazake, a sweet low alcoholic drink made from fermented rice. It also affects her verses. She remembers small glimpses with Eiji, and promptly runs off after seeing him the next chapter.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She drops her hints like crazy, but not outright telling Eiji how she feels.
  • Comically Missing the Point: She tends to do this when Amane is doing subjects for the Literature Club.
  • Cool Big Sis: Hanabi and Kino views her this way.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: The idea of Eiji having a girlfriend upsets her.
  • Cloudcuckoo Lander: She has a very odd thought process on other subjects, making her Birds of a Feather with Eiji.
  • Crush Blush: Often does this around Eiji.
  • Cute Mute: She has trouble gathering her thoughts, so she compensates for this by writing senryuu. Subverted in that she isn't actually mute.
  • The Cutie: People will frequently mention how cute she is while older girls find her adorable.
  • Cuteness Proximity: And she's the epicenter to many people. In the other way around, she loves rabbits and cats.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When Eiji reminded her what she said in chapter 2, she promptly tells Akari that she doesn't give a damn about what the world thinks of her and Eiji. Then as a boonus, Eiji (unknowingly) scares off her boyfriend.
  • Elective Mute: She is able to speak, but chooses to write senryuu instead.
  • Epic Fail: Tries to do a sit up, but she couldn't manage it in episode 2/chapter 11.
  • Everyone Can See It: Considering her feelings for Eiji can be seen from a mile away, everyone in their circle of friends are aware and persist that she pursue Eiji, despite his own cluelessness.
  • Genki Girl: Despite her Shrinking Violet moments, she has moments where she gets excited, such as with food.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Her conscious has one in chapter 111, both speaking in senryu. Unlike most cases where the good and bad angels antagonize each other, Nanako is such a Nice Girl that they don't.
  • Has a Type: Delinquents are apparently her type, since she's not easily intimidated by them.
  • Heroic BSoD: When Eiji caught a cold, Amane checks if he has a fever. When she arrives and due to angle, she thought Amane was giving him a kiss and collapses.
  • Hidden Depths: She's really good a badminton. As in "so fast, people thought she's a Super Saiyan good". The only person who can play at her level is Eiji.
  • In Vino Veritas: Once Nanako gets gets drunk, she openly asks Eiji if he likes her while telling him she likes him. Eiji being Eiji, sees this as Nanako being drunk from amazake she just drank.
  • It Was a Gift: She values the lighting ring Eiji won at the fireworks festival. While he doesn't see any value from the ring, Nanako does because it's a gift from him. (And the fact that he slips it on her ring finger).
  • Love at First Sight: She met Eiji after their first senryu meeting on a Christmas Day.
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name "Yukishiro" means "White snow".
  • Meganekko: She is actually this, but usually wears contacts.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Reluctantly, since she's not used to going to beaches and pools in a swimsuit.
  • My Beloved Smother: She acts like one with her brother. In chapter 97, when their parents had to go away for business, Nanako suggests they take a bath together. Hiro actually got her embarrassed at the idea of them taking a bath together in order for her to back off.
  • Nice Girl: Very. Tellingly, she's one of the few people not intimidated by Eiji when they first met while everyone else are easily scared by him even when he just want to talk to people. In the manga, she tried to be cold and distant towards Eiji, which causes worry with everyone. The effort actually made her own heart ache and immediately apologizes for doing so the next time she met Eiji.
  • No Social Skills: Vocally. She's very sociable via senryu. In chapter 117, while looking for Eiji during cram school, she ends up making 20 new friends.
  • Not a Morning Person: She sleeps heavily, to the point of falling asleep standing or changing. The one time she wakes up early was to wear makeup to impress Eiji.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In Chapter 52, Nanako ignores Eiji's request for a pencil, with their classmates muttering he got dumped. The other girls were worried about this until Koto mentioned she happens to have a fashion magazine that says to be cold to someone they like, and Amane immediately realizes that Nanako took the advice way too seriously. When Eiji was about to apologize, she is driven to tears because she could never be mad at Eiji. To summarize by her senryu:
"I can never be
"Cold to you Ei-chan, ever
"It's impossibleeeeee"
  • Protagonist Title: She's the girl who writes senryu after all.
  • Serious Business: She considers senryu or anything relating to Eiji as this.
  • Ship Tease: Plenty with Eiji. Especially when Everyone Can See It.
  • Shrinking Violet: Amazingly, she actually is. She's the "put on the spot" variety, such as being asked to answer a question she doesn't know and answer to, and when Iori went into a lengthy detail on how she won the beauty pageant. While she's capable of talking to people through senryu, she's incapable of speaking out her thoughts. She's also easily embarrassed at the idea of wearing a swimsuit (in an ironic twist, Kino handles it better than she does). However her mother goes into detail about this in the anime and manga: A year ago, she was bullied because she often writes in senryu, and so she was very withdrawn around everyone else who aren't family. This immediately changed when she met Eiji at a senryu meeting and enjoyed his writings, and would often write to him and got replies, hence why she's in love with him. Apparently Eiji forgot they actually met. Chapters 101 and 102 finally reveals the culprit named Akari, who bullied her just because she writes in senryu.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She has eyes for Eiji, and only Eiji.
  • Sore Loser: She hates losing at video games. One of the rare times she gets angry at Eiji, and only Eiji.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Both Nanako and Eiji have really odd thought processes that doesn't go unnoticed by Amane.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She naturally likes Japanese food.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Nanako somehow can place tanzaku boardsnote  inside her uniform. While it's easy to assume she stashes them inside her uniforms and kimonos, swimsuits are a whole different story.
  • Weight Woe: Because she loves to eat, both her brother and Eiji notices she enjoys eating food, with some Innocently Insensitive comments from them. She attempts to lose weight to impress Eiji, until she realizes she made him touch her stomach. Cue pure embarrassment.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Literally. She does not remember what happened the previous night and asks Amane for answers. Amane refuses to answer her questions to tease her.
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     Eiji Busujima 
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Voiced by: Tasuku Hatanaka

An ex-delinquent and the center of Nanako's affections. He is clueless of Nanako's advances.


  • Above the Influence: When Nanako comes onto him while drunk off of amazake, he avoids answering her question because of said drunkenness.
  • All Men Are Perverts: He had bled from his nose a few times. Some examples when he discovered how large Amane's chest was, or when he saw Nanako's chest.
  • Awesome by Analysis: He's figured out that Komachi left him a box of chocolate in his shoe locker. Because Nanako isn't the type to give items anonymously.
  • Battle Aura: Occasionally pulls this. Half of the time he doesn't realize he's doing it.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He's the reason why two girls are in love with him:
    • With Nanako, she was previously bullied because she writes in senryu, but her first encounter with Eiji changed her life when he encourages her to write if she had trouble speaking. The became pen-pals until Eiji stopped writing at the senryu centre until they meet again.
    • With Komachi, she is a librarian who often read books at the middle school library until some bullies intimadiates her, until Eiji comes and scares them off (by breaking his phone on accident). Since then, Komachi would watch him sleep and letting him know school is starting. When they meet again, she tries to come off as a badass delinquent, when Eiji is more interested in senryu and reading.
  • Big Brother Instinct: On the rare times he agrees with his father, Eiji worries about Hanabi when she only only going to school, but that she's cute enough to kidnap.
  • Big Eater: He likes to eat two servings of ramen with extra pork.
  • Book Dumb: He also oddly zigzags this. He's good at math and science, but terrible with literature and social studies. His score ranking went from 200th to 95th.
  • Bullying a Dragon: At the receiving end due to other delinquents trying (and failing) to intimidate him.
  • Chaste Hero: Oblivious to the idea of girls crushing on him. Chest sizes however makes him nosebleed.
  • Chick Magnet: Unintentionally. For Nanako, ignorance is a bliss when he's oblivious to other girls trying to hit on him.
  • Cloudcuckoo Lander: Eiji has some interesting ideas about what constitutes an "everyday life", and often brushes off crazy stuff that happens to him. This includes having a duel with a dog while armed with a chain, and having lost a fight to a chimpanzee.
  • Comically Missing the Point: He frequently does this.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: While he's not opposed to Nanako having a boyfriend, he doesn't like it when they're trying to be too direct. Yet he has no self-awareness.
  • Death Glare: Unintentionally. He doesn't seem to realize that he's doing it, but this tend to scare people off than he intended to. Pulling this off intimidates Akari's boyfriend, who abandons her.
  • Delinquent Hair: The manga reveals that he used to have a Mohawk in his early years.
  • The Dreaded: "The Demon of Nishichuu". The other students fear him for his past reputation as a delinquent who picked fights. This is only half-true. It turns out people would pick fights with him, who's far more chill than anything.
  • Face of a Thug: Naturally as an ex-delinquent, he gives off this vibe. The manga goes into more detail in that because of how he looks, people would pick fights with him, and he explains his face was like that since he was born. So it's not entirely his fault. This is actually his saving grace as of chapter 104 where Eiji encounters Akari and her boyfriend, and scares off the guy on sight when the two spot the pair.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: He met Nanako the previous Christmas during a Senryu meeting. Apparently he's forgotten that he's met Nanako, but she didn't. He does eventually remembers.
  • Has a Type: A girl with long black hair and fair skin? He doesn't need to look any further considering Nanako is his type. Ironically, Komachi would be his type if she didn't wear a white wig. The two are even more similar in that they are both contacts wearing [[Meganekkos]] with similar body build.
  • Hidden Depths: Is actually a sweet guy who loves writing.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Hanabi loses at a game, she calls the game a piece of crap. Eiji gets onto her for saying it, and tells her to substitute it with something else. Cue his phone dying and calling his phone a piece of crap.
  • Idiot Hero: Oblivious to Love? Check. Has a habit of breaking his phones? Check. Unintentionally killing moods? Check.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He has a habit of making comments and misinterpreting girls' comments which usually involves their weight. Of course they're not happy about that.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Played with. Somehow, he doesn't have that many kinds of clothes other than another uniform he wears to sleep and a black tanktop. However, he does seem to have other clothes that he wears on occasion like swimming trunks when he went to the pool and a yukata that he wore for the festival.
  • Love Interest: Nanako's though he's very oblivious about it.
  • Love Triangle: In a non-drama version. He is in the center of Nanako and Komachi's affections, but too dense to realize it.
  • Nice Guy: The reason why he has so many girl friends, and why his delinquent friends are so fond of him. Dude's great. He also refuses to answer a drunken Nanako's question if he likes her due to her drunken confession, and wants to do it properly.
  • Oblivious to Love: To the frustrations of many (in universe and out), this guy is very dense. He fails to realize that Nanako and Komachi are in love with him.
  • Red Baron: "The Demon of Nishichuu". A title he doesn't really like.
  • Ring Ring Crunch: He has a habit of breaking his own cellphone out of intimidating tactic. Other thugs chooses to back off. Apparently, he's not aware that he's actually doing it.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: One of the recurring Running Gags is that people make assumptions that they're dating, and he often denies it.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Both him and Nanako have very odd thought processes.
  • Serious Business: He takes school duties such as cleaning very seriously. People thought he looked like a feral demon when he was tasked to help with the rabbit hutch.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: So much that even Amane can tell he's lying through his ass when she asks if he's been confessed to by a drunk Nanako.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He likes Indian food. Especially Indian curry. He also enjoys a bowl of ramen called "Pork of Death" with extra pork and two servings.
  • The Un-Smile: Oh boy, he tries to smile. He's not very good at it.

     Amane Katagiri 
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Voiced by: Sayuri Yahagi

Amane is the president of the Literature club and also an accomplished author who works part-time jobs on the side. She often spends her time spying on Eiji and Nanako.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She's taken a shine to Eiji's best friend.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Has a habit of drawing nude men.
  • Art Imitates Life: It's known that some of the plots for her novels come from her interactions with Eiji and Nanako.
  • Butt-Monkey: Particularly in the manga, Amane has horrible, horrible luck. Whenever something bad happens, the universe conspires so that it happens to her.
  • Death Glare: She has a very intimidating one in the manga when she thought Eiji did something to upset Nanako and Tao wrapping him with her scarf. The three of them were actually acting, but it was scary enough to unsettle Tao.
  • Elephant in the Room: She frequently comments on odd ongoings during club activities or Nanako somehow messing up her hair to give an idea what happens to her hair.
  • Has a Type: Tao deduced that her ideal man would be an old fashioned tall man with the strength of a gorilla...which fits Hongo to a T.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Inverted. For some reason she's touted as unattractive/unfit, even though her design doesn't differ that much from attractive girls like Nanako and Koto. Sone characters mentioned that it's her antics that make her less desirable and not neccessarily her looks.
  • Nice Girl: She always has a sunny disposition in spite of her bad luck.
  • Only Sane Man: She's usually the party (boke) that comments on the weirdness of the Boke and Tsukkomi Routine with Nanako and Eiji.
  • Self Depreciation: She's aware of her own Butt-Monkey status.
  • Sempai/Kohai: She's Eiji and Nanako's upperclassman.
  • Shipper on Deck: She and Koto are there to root for Nanako and Eiji to become a couple.
  • Ship Tease: She gets frequently teased with the Judo Club president, Yoshimi Hongo, and her nearly going Tsundere on him.
  • The Smart Guy: Gal, but she's one of the smartest people in class, despite her decline in rank in the achievements test (from 4th to 11th). She does take the elite class for cram school.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: She frequently stalks people throughout the story. Some people even comments how creepy it is, though it's Played for Laughs.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: She often tries to throw Eiji and Nanako into situations that she deems romantic, but they usually take a turn that she never expects. True to the trope, she happens to be a romance novelist herself.
  • Tsundere: Towards the Judo Club President Yoshimi Hongo.

     Koto Ōtsuki 
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Voiced by: Rikako Aida

She is Eiji's childhood friend by two years and is also the president of the "Modern US army combative" club. She is noted for her strong and very developed physique.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Eiji refers to her as Koto-nee.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: She initially had feelings towards Eiji, but chose not to act on her own feelings since Nanako is in love with him.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She tends to pick on Eiji and will make lewd remarks around on. Doesn't mean she doesn't come on the girls by kissing them or shoving their face on her chest.
  • Boobs of Steel: When it comes to facing a large opponent twice her size, she's no slouch at kicking someone's ass.
  • Buxom Is Better: She is the shapeliest girl in the story, with a figure to knock down mountains.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: All it takes for Koto to be drunk is to smell liquor, as Tao finds out the hard way.
  • Childhood Friends: She's one of Eiji's oldest and dearest friends.
  • Cool Big Sis: For most of the cast, but especially towards Eiji, Nanako and Hanabi.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: A side character Machioka was filming an interview with her while she was talking about her club. Too bad she was filming her breasts on the whole thing.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She frequently trolls her friends and make sexual remarks around Eiji, but when Hanabi "wants to dominate men", that's too far.
  • The Gadfly: She absolutely loves teasing Eiji and Nanako.
  • Hello, Nurse!: She works as a temporary nurse at school.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Her reason for not pursuing Eiji.
  • Marshmallow Hell: She will frequently smother Nanako with her chest.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has a stout build and large breasts. Her debut episode had the camera focus on her breasts.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: She changes jobs depending on the chapter/episode. Those jobs are used for paying her English teacher and after she graduates.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: None. Whether it's smothering Nanako with her chest or getting too handsy with other people, she will troll her friends at their expense. Except Hanabi.
  • Not So Above It All: In the manga, she's very prone to freaking out, whereas she remains composed in the anime.
  • Renaissance Man:
    • Woman in her case. Because she has various jobs, she's good at them.
    • She is also part of the "Modern US army combative" club at school, which is very uncharacteristic of a person like her.
  • Shipper on Deck: She is also shooting for Eiji and Nanako to be a couple.
  • Troll: She has a tendency to troll others for her amusement.
  • Unrequited Love: She had a crush on Eiji when they first met, but she is willing to let it go for Nanako's sake.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink in her case.

     Kino Yakobe 
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Voiced by: Misaki Kuno

A quiet girl who communicates through art.


  • Adorkable: She has a very weird sense of humor, and is not above making fun of her friends in unexpected ways.
  • Birds of a Feather: She and Nanako have much in common, such as being intentionally quiet, really odd thought processes (though hers are really weird compared to Nanako), and prefers communication with something they enjoy.
  • Cute Mute: Much like Nanako. Ironically as her drawings of herself suggest, she can actually be rather talkative.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Somehow, she capable of snarking on her art pad.
  • Elective Mute: Like Nanako, she doesn't openly speak, but rather draw out her thoughts and situations.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Sports these to accentuate her cuteness.
  • Leitmotif: She has a tune when she shows up in the anime since her first appearance.
  • Motor Mouth: A written version. Because she doesn't speak by choice, she tends to write a really long dialogue of her thoughts. For a quiet Shrinking Violet, this is amazing.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She, of all people, is this. Showcased in episode 10 where her eyes turn red, and played victim to scare Nanako and Eiji.
  • Odd Friendship: She is friends with Tao, and they have often gone out on trips together.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Chapter 24 reveals that Kino is an only child and wishes to have an older sister.
  • The Quiet One: She rarely speaks vocally. But she's a Motor Mouth in written form. The anime does allow her voice actress speak, but only in that written form instead of out loud.
  • Shrinking Violet: Like Nanako, she is easily intimidated without her sketchbook. But unlike Nanako, she isn't intimidated at the idea of wearing a swimsuit. Unlike most Shrinking Violet characters, she's the most assertive of the archetype.
  • Talking with Signs: She communicates and emotes almost exclusively through her drawing pad.
  • The Speechless: Subverted. While Nanako's voice actress "does" speak the words that she writes down, Kino seems to be incapable of speech altogether, but episode 7 has her voice actress talk.
  • Surprise Creepy: Kino knows how to creep people out. Including her best friend.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has white hair with red eyes.

     Tao Charlotte Hanakai 
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Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka

A high schooler who works as a fortune teller.


  • Adorkable: She has her moments, and hates it. Since she tries to give off an image of a cool, stoic fortuneteller. Especially when she was trying to come off as mysterious on live TV, only for that image to be ruined by Nanako and Eiji's antics.
  • A-Cup Angst: Has this in Episode 8. One of the first things she does when she goes to the mall with the other girls is ask a clerk if they sold swimsuits with extra padding around the "melons" area.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She calls Kino "Kinotty".
  • But Not Too Foreign: Implied to be a mixed ancestry (likely French) because her middle name is Charlotte. Her sister's given name is Loki. Tao is also not a common Japanese name.
  • Butt-Monkey: Not as bad as Amane, but she will be at the receiving end of embarrassing situations. Whereas Amane's Butt-Monkey status is due to the universe picking on her, Tao's status is more situational, such as a drunk Koto coming on to her.
  • Covered in Kisses: At the receiving end of this by an intoxicated Koto.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her default mode. She tends to make snide remarks, even at Amane and Eiji's expense.
  • Goth: Comes with her part-time job as a fortune teller.
  • Not So Stoic: In the anime, she gets scared easily by ghosts and other horror-level situations. In the manga, this is a frequent occurrence to her.
  • Odd Friendship: With Kino, whom are in class together and taken trips outside of the country.
  • Only Sane Man: Played for laughs. She ends up being this in Nanako's group of friends in spite of her own outlandish beliefs.
  • Pride: She wants to become a famous fortune teller with accurate predictions without a single mistake, even if they're self-imposed Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Subdued, but when Nanko and Eiji were being themselves on live TV, she tells her interviewer that the first couple with the highest compatibility rating is Nanako and Eiji. Nanako is happy about it, but Eiji goes full "She's Not My Girlfriend" mode.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She loves Gyudon, a beef bowl with rice. She tends to deny it, though.

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     Komachi Akashi 
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A "delinquent" girl who harbors a crush on Eiji.


  • Adorkable: Her attempts to be a delinquent is kinda out there, as well as getting Eiji's attention.
  • Birds of a Feather: Odd thought process, is very shy, loves literature, and the same guy? The main difference between the two is that Nanako tries to approach Eiji romantically as herself, and succeeds. Komachi tries by acting like a delinquent and largely failed.
  • Be Yourself: Her friend Misaki encourages her to do this if she wants Eiji's attention. Unfortunately, she thinks the opposite would get Eiji's attention. Considering Nanako continues to write in senryu because Eiji encouraged her to, Komachi should have taken that advice, especially since she and Nanako are actually very similar.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She harbors a crush on Eiji after he defends her from schoolyard bullies.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: She loves manga and dressing up as a delinquent. Hence wearing a wig for this image.
  • Covert Pervert: She reads essentially an ero manga involing a romance with a high school girl and a masked wrestler. Too bad she forgets it, and ends up in Nanako's hands after herself, Nanako, and Eiji were accidentally got trapped in the storage closet.
  • Hidden Depths: She's a really good actress. It was implied that she became good at it from trying to act like a delinquent daily.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Tries to come off as a badass delinquent. Emphasis on "tries".
  • Foil: To Nanako. A Shrinking Violet who loves literature, loves the same guy, tries their damnedest to get his attention, and meeting Eiji effectively changed their lives because he saved them at some point in their life.
  • Irony: She is a literature girl at heart, but thinks joining the Literature Club would be lame as a delinquent. Eiji however joined the Literature Club willingly because he enjoys senryu, and is actually reading books at the library. And the fact that a girl with long black hair who loves literature is also his type, which makes it more ironic, since her natural hair color is black. Had she just approached Eiji as her true self, she would be a serious contender to Nanako for his affection.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: What she really wants. Unfortunately, her competition is Nanako, whom Eiji sees frequently.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When Eiji shows great concern for Nanako in chapter 103, she immediately tells him to go to her. Letting him go was considered a loss for herself, but refuse to retreat for now.
  • Love at First Sight: She falls for Eiji upon meeting him when some school thugs were harassing her, and he intimidates them by destroying his own cellphone.
  • Meganekko: She used to wear glasses but ditches them for contacts.
  • Miles Gloriosus: She attempts to get closer to Eiji by making herself as a badass delinquent. This fails on many levels as Eiji just want to spend time at the Literature Club while she tries to find things that would be considered a badass as a delinquent. When she meets actual delinquents, she quakes in fear. Especially when she met Tora.
  • Nice Girl: She's a sweetheart in spite of all her efforts to appear otherwise.
  • Not So Different: With Nanako. Both are a Shrinking Violet in love with the same guy who saved them, loves literature, and have a very odd mindset.
  • Shrinking Violet: She is pitifully shy around Eiji and tends to panic even when he's not around.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Her brain works this way, thinking up scenarios and how to confess to Eiji.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She has a preference for western food.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Subverted in that the blond hair is actually a wig. Her natural hair color is black.

     Iori Fujimaru 
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Tora Fujimaru's little sister who joins the school on her first year.


Supporting characters

     Nanako's parents 
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Voiced by: Mitsuo Iwata (Yoshihiko Yukishiro) and Mariko Kouda (Chifuyu Yukishiro)

Nanako's parents. Yoshishiko is a spectacularly melodramatic Overprotective Dad while her mother Chifuyu is a normal housewife who approves Nanako's crush on Eiji.


  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Yoshihiko is an utter mess. He also has boxer shorts of his own children. He also saw Tao's interview on live TV when she decides to end the show by stating that Eiji and Nanako has the highest compatibility rating. Obviously, he's not amused.
  • Brutal Honesty: Chifuyu can be a bit too honest about what she thinks of her husband.
  • Butt-Monkey: This middle-aged husband and father is very melodramatic, that his own wife makes fun of him.
  • Happily Married: Despite bullying Chifuyu bullying Yoshihiko, she dearly loves him.
  • Henpecked Husband: His wife picks on him for being melodramatic. Nanako seems to be oblivious to how he acts, but Hiro notices right away.
  • Manchild: Yoshihiko, definitely. It's bad enough that Hiro recognize this about his father.
  • Not So Above It All: Manga only. Chifuyu freaks out frequently, unlike in the anime where she tends to be calm.
  • Overprotective Dad: Yoshihiko is the embarrassing sort, though he has a legitimate reason to feel that way. However, his efforts and hissy fits rarely work.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Yoshihiko had an Imagine Spot where Nanako is with Eiji holding a child looking like him. He does not approve.
  • Shipper on Deck: Chifuyu doesn't seem to mind with Nanako being in love with Eiji so as long as Nanako improves in school. She makes subtle hints towards this when she first met him. Yoshihiko however is the opposite.

     Hiro Yukishiro 
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Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura

Nanako's little brother.


  • Innocently Insensitive: Tells his sister that she warfs down more food than an up-and-coming sumo Nanako draws her anger when he said that.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: He's the one who calls his mom whenever his dad is going into his Nanako-related melodramatic diatribes.
  • Puppy Love: Has a crush on a girl at his school. They end up together.

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     Eiji's parents 
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Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Akira Busujima) and Kaori Nazuka (Kazue Busujima)

Eiji's father, Akira who is a stay-home-dad and a writer while his mother, Kazue, is a fashion designer.


  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Eiji sees his parents this way. As we see Nanako meeting them, we can see why, with Akira assuming Eiji bought her with money while Kazue thought Eiji drugged her.
  • Dirty Old Man: Tries to hit on Nanako despite being Happily Married, and to the frustrations of his children.
  • The Ditz: While she was traveling, Kazue bought gifts for her children while in Gifu and Brazil. She forgot them and heads out to Brazil. Eiji tells her to just go to Gifu instead. She also mixed up salt and sugar while cooking. Regardless, Akira thought her cooking tasted good.
  • Face of a Thug: Like Eiji, he is also this, to the point of being mistaken for Yakuza.
  • It Was a Gift: Kazue owns a plastic ring Akira gave her when they were dating. She values it so much that she kept it on her for years. Eiji does lampshade that his mother is wearing it despite being a fashion designer.
  • Lazy Bum: Akira's a lazy father despite being a writer.
  • Papa Wolf: Akira agrees with his son that because Hanabi is growing up and going to school, it may lead to someone who might kidnap her, and tries to return her ransel, to which she objects.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Hanabi asks why her mother ended up with their Lazy Bum of a father. She happily explains that he was direct and wanted to pursue a baseball career while she became a fashion designer. Despite being unable to, she married him regardless.

     Hanabi Busujima 
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Voiced by: Suzuko Hara

Eiji's young sister.


  • Adorably Precocious Child: Eiji says as such when Nanako wonders where he got his bruise from. She was playing with him and pinches his cheek.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She calls Eiji "Nii-nii".
  • Big Brother Worship: She absolutely adores Eiji. Koto explains the reason why Eiji dotes on her is because he originally wanted to distance himself from her friends, but Hanabi wouldn't have it, and dotes on him no matter what.
  • Children Are Innocent: Very much so. She tends to copy her brother and father's manner of speaking, but is polite.
  • Everyone's Baby Sister: For most of the cast, but especially for Nanako and Koto, both whom she adores.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: Because her mother is often traveling due to her fashion job, Hanabi's primary influence is her father Akira and her brother Eiji, and they often swear around her, and she often watches dramas on TV. In chapter 71, her school assignment required her on what kind of woman she wants to be, and when Koto asks if she wants to be "boing boing" like her, Hanabi replies that she "wants to dominate men". Koto reacts negatively to this.
  • Meaningful Name: Her first name means "fireworks". Since she's a Cheerful Child Genki Girl, it fits her.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Eiji x Nanako. She is fully aware of Nanako's crush on her brother.
  • Tall, Dark and Bishoujo: She wants to be this once she gets older and Eiji has an Imagine Spot where she would be the Aloof Dark-Haired Girl-type once she hits 15.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She is a lot smarter and mature than her actual age (at 5 years old). Her watching dramas and observing her surroundings may have something to do with it.

     Madoka Katagiri 
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Amane's older sister.


  • Aloof Big Sister: She gives off this vibe when it's just her and Amane. Nanako sees her as a Cool Big Sis.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Even she's not immune to Nanako's cuteness. She openly states she wants to protect and kidnap her at the same time. And we don't mean The Kindnapper.
  • Troll: She isn't above trolling her sister at her expense.

     Loki Hanakai 
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Tao's big sister.

     Yoshimi Hongo 
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The Judo Club President.

    Misaki Sugita 
Komachi's best friend
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: She's smarter than her best friend. So when Komachi wanted to get Eiji's attention, she simply asks, "Why don't you join the literature club?". Of course Komachi shoots this down.
  • Only Sane Man: She is very level-headed compared to her best friend.

     Asako Kura 
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A very ditzy teacher at the main characters' high school, who later becomes their club advisor.
  • Accidental Misnaming: She keeps calling one of her co-workers, Takemichi, as Takemoto.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: It takes one sip of alcohol for her to become completely plastered.
  • The Ditz: She is a very ditzy person. She once brought butter instead of ice cream to the Literature Club while everyone is playing video games. She has a very poor sense of direction, and dropped her teacher notebook out in the street. Eiji finds said notebook and returns it to her.
  • Hidden Depths: She's a surprisingly good cook.
  • The Ingenue: She has a very childish nature, to the point of being a female manchild. As such, she fits perfectly in the Literature Club, where she's considered more like a member than a club advisor.
  • No Sense of Direction: Not at all. In one panel, she in the hallway, then the next, she is outside school grounds.

     Sakura Kura 
Asako's little sister who became friends with Iori]]

    Tora Fujimaru 
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Eiji's best friend.


Other characters

    Akari 
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Nanako's middle school bully.
  • Alpha Bitch: Her presence reeks of it.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When her friends sees her talking to Nanako, she condescendingly makes fun of Nanako's Character Tic and how she enjoys it.
  • Didn't Think This Through: She gets her boyfriend to intimidate Eiji, only for him to recognize Eiji as "The Demon of Nishichuu" and runs off.
  • Hate Sink: Up until Chapter 101, the series didn't have much of an antagonist, and Eiji having frequent fights with other delinquents just for picking on him. However, their interactions with Eiji was Played for Laughs. Akari holds the distinct honor of being the reason why Nanako is withdrawn. Her first interactions with Nanako did not earn her any fans.
  • Kick the Dog: And she's the reason why Nanako was depressed during elementary and middle school.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Despite being the reason why Nanako is a Shrinking Violet, Nanako remains happy, since Eiji is with her on Christmas. Eiji then pulls off an unintentional Death Glare at her boyfriend, who abandons her on the spot.
  • Meaningful Name: Her given name means "light". It becomes a Visual Pun when chapters 101-104 are titled "A Lightless Christmas".
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Her bullying is the reason why Nanako was so somber and withdrawn before she met Eiji.
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