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    Takao Akizuki 
Portrayed by: Miyu Irino

A fifteen year old boy raised by his divorced mother and lives with his well-meaning brother while working as a shoemaker.

    Yukari Yukino 
Portrayed by: Maggie Flecknoe

The local teacher who becomes Takao's love interest.

  • Alliterative Name: Yukari Yukino.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: The whole school seems to dislike Yukari due to her relationship with Shinji Makino, which led to her quitting her job.
  • The Cameo: Yukari returns as a minor character in Your Name where she appears to have relocated to Itomori.
  • Nice Girl: She actively tries to be this, but has issues.

    Reimi Akizuki 

Takao and Shota's self-absorbed mother.

  • Adults Are Useless: She's too pretty and thoughtless to be of any help to her sons.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Not to the viewer, but it is implied she is a bitch in general to her sons because of their romantic pursuits.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the novel, after seeing Nakajima becoming a successful student, she decides to become an administrative worker while treating her students with kindness.
  • Obnoxious Entitled Housewife: Thinks that finding a new hubby is more important than the well-being of her sons.

    Shōta Akizuki 

Takao's ten years older brother.

    Shōko Aizawa 

The local bully who enjoys making Yukari miserable.

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: How the hell does she go unpunished for spreading rumors about Yukino? The faculty believes in reputation rather than the well-being of their teaches.
  • Alpha Bitch: She mocks and belittles people that go against her.
  • Evil Is Petty: She makes fun of a teacher who has to work for a living. Justified as Yukari was dating her boyfriend.
  • Freudian Excuse: She was hated by the other boys in her school because of her ugliness, but even that's no excuse for all the shit she pulled on Yukari.
  • For the Evulz: She abuses those less popular than her merely for her own sadistic amusement. She doesn't even have a good relationship with her family either.
  • Hate Sink: She's needlessly cruel to Yukari and the fact she told lies about her will surely get her underneath your skin.
  • Jerkass: She's pretty mean-spirited to Takao and domineering to everyone in the school.
  • Karma Houdini: She doesn't receive any punishment for being so cruel to Yukari. She does get confronted by Takao, but since the damage has already been done, it's hardly a real comeuppance. Sometime after the events of the film, she even gets a career guidance from her former teacher Sōichirō Ito.
  • Kick the Dog: The fact that she spread nasty rumors about Yukari kills what little sympathy you might have for her.
  • Operation: Jealousy: She bullies Yukari out of pure spite.
  • Rich Bitch: Probably.
  • Sadist: She clearly takes joy in making less popular students, and even teachers, miserable.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She used to be fat.
  • Woman Scorned: Though she victimizes Yukari more than her boyfriend Shinji, she is successful in getting her to quit her job.

    Saya & Teshigawara 

Shōko's posse of bullies who harass Yukari.

  • Beauty Is Bad: Like Shōko, they are as pretty on the outside as they are ugly on the inside.
  • Karma Houdini: They gleefully help Shōko spread lies about poor Yukari, as if she did not have enough problems. The closest they get to a comeuppance is when Takao fights them both.
  • Those Two Girls

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