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A list of characters of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, most of which reside in the titular Sakura Hall, a wooden two-story house harboring some of the quirkiest students of Suimei University of the Arts High School ("Suiko" in local parlance). Some spoilers for the light novels are left unmarked, so read at your own risk.

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    Sorata Kanda
The protagonist, an insecure second-year high school boy who chose to move to Sakura Hall rather than throw away a stray cat he had found. In there, however, being surrounded by talented yet quirky peers has taken a toll on his ordinary life, more so when he meets Mashiro, who indirectly inspires him to carry on with his dream of developing video games. He lives in Room 101.
  • Can't Catch Up: Towards Mashiro, who he feels is leagues above him in a lot of things. A pretty brutal example of this happens in episode 21, when his game pitch fails again, and then the game company that rejected his proposal sends Mashiro an offer to create characters for their games, without her even trying to do it.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Played straight regarding "Mashiro Duty"
  • Chaste Hero: Oblivious to romance, incredibly resistant to sexual antics. Until he realizes he loves Mashiro and they admit their love for each other.
  • Color Motifs: Iridescent
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Episode 3, when Mashiro and Jin looked like they were on a date.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Sorata is continuously awed by people who are sure of what they want. Through Mashiro, he eventually realizes what he wants to do (become a video game creator/designer) and sets off toward that goal.
  • Determinator: Inverted and then Deconstructed. Early on he only thinks he is set and determined on a goal. In reality, he constantly quits before even trying despite his big words. And even after Character Development get's him to take things more seriously he still has to accept the fact that determination alone sometimes just isn't enough, especially in the face of Mashiro's talent.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Frequently in the introductory episodes, especially his "Boring" soliloquies. Briefly in episode 21 after hearing that his game didn't make it through the final review.
  • First Love: Mashiro
  • Flower Motifs: Cherry Blossoms
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He already has self-esteem issues, one which isn't helped by landing at a house filled with some of the brightest yet also quirkiest boys and girls in Suiko.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He claims that he just wants to leave Sakurasou to have some normalcy in his life, however underneath it all he is secretly wishing to be more special.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: While he claims that he just wants to be normal, he has a strong desire to be special in some way. Early on this takes the form of him being Mashiro's caretaker, only for him to then realize that she is an incredibly talented painter. And just to rub it in, Jin makes clear that anyone could take care of her just as well as he does. Eventually however he does start to be more honest with himself.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Mashiro's misconstrued Sexual Euphemism-ish phrases, especially around Nanami.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He originally went to Sakura Hall due to his inability to give up Hikari, his first cat. He claims after that he just keeps finding cute kittens in cardboard boxes. The cats become family pets of Sakura Hall. Currently they have at least seven cats.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Always there for anyone who needs him, especially Mashiro. See Nice Guy.
  • Large Ham: Whenever necessary he can be yelling in a very hammy way.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: He lives with a Hyperactive Child Prodigy Otaku Surrogate (Misaki), a Casanova with an inferiority complex (Jin), a Hikikomori Bishonen He-Man Woman Hater Techno Wizard (Ryuunosuke), a Workaholic (Aoyama), a Sensei-chan Hot Teacher Lazy Bum (Chihiro), and a Child Prodigy Emotionless Girl Idiot Savant (Mashiro) who he takes care of.
  • Nice Guy: Despite being the role of the The Straight Man with Mashiro, Sorata is a kind-hearted and friendly guy at heart. This is quite evident when he refuses to turn away any abandoned cat despite dorm policies against them.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Is frequently on the receiving end of this due to Mashiro's leaving ends of sentence out and causing confusion.
    • When Mashiro she says Sorata is "the first boy [she's] been with", Aoyama immediately assumes she means they slept together. After Aoyama runs off Mashiro finishes the sentence by adding "the first boy I've been friends with."
    • When Mashiro approaches holding her tummy and says "I'm expecting", Misaki assumes Sorata got Mashiro pregnant and tackles him. After both are on the ground Mashriro says "...dinner to be ready" as her tummy growls.
  • Oblivious to Love: It takes him a great deal of effort to notice Mashiro's affections and never catches on to Nanami's.
  • Only Sane Man: Poor guy has to deal with the crazies in his new dorm (including the landlady, no less). The only reason he's even in the Sakura Hall is because the regular dorms won't let him keep a cat. Then, as it turns out, he is also this to his own family. While he does have the traits of this trope, in Sakura Hall, he's not actually the only sane one as there is also Jin and Nanami.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: He is a pretty average guy who was sent to a Quirky Household for keeping a cat, then had the responsibility of looking after an Idiot Savant dumped on him...
  • Parental Abandonment: Subverted He originally lived in the neighborhood with his family, but stays behind in a dorm after his father found a job in Fukuoka, then moved there with both his mother and his little sister Yuuko.
  • Performance Anxiety: Suffers this in Episode 8 during his presentation for his video game idea. Naturally, this doesn't go very well for him. Subverted come Episode 10, where he performs just fine.
  • The Resenter: Occasionally becomes close to this in terms of resenting Mashiro for her talent while his hard work fails him. He ended up lashing out at her a few times, but he managed to prevent himself from becoming this and stayed close friends with her.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Compares himself to his quirky, talented peers in that he fails to understand what's so special about himself.
  • Second Year Protagonist: Except for the second-half of the last episode, where he now become a Third Year Protagonist.
  • The Sleepless: He suffers from this due to people constantly using his room, whether it's Mashiro, Misaki, his sister, Yuuko, Rina, or multiples at the same time.
  • Straight Man: Pairs with his Only Sane Man to constantly setup jokes for Misaki, Mashiro, and others.

    Mashiro Shiina
Voiced by: Ai Kayano
The female protagonist, a gifted yet somewhat strange second-year transferee to Suiko after living for many years in England to learn how to draw manga. Early on, she exhibits a total lack of knowledge in any other skill than drawing, including basic hygiene and social skills. For this reason Sorata was assigned as her caretaker. She lives in Room 202.
  • Adorkable: Lampshaded in the opening.
  • Always Someone Better: Mashiro always excels everyone with her talents, to the point those around her tend to develop an inferiority complex because of her. Rita and many of her art classmates gave up art because they could never be as good as her and eventually Sorata also begins to feel overshadowed by Mashiro's talents.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Despite her behavior, it's never outright stated that she has a mental disorder. The closest thing her dormmates did to name her a disorder was for Sorata to call her "special", having been fed up with her antics earlier that day. Some other characters says she has issues and during valentines, even Mashiro herself says that she is not normal.
  • Animal Motifs: Cat, particularly a white cat (like Hikari).
  • Animals Hate Her: While Mashiro seems to like cats, the feeling is not mutual. This does, however, improve as the series goes on.
  • Body Motifs: Not very skilled manually when it comes to everyday life, but exceptionally so regarding drawing and painting.
  • Book Dumb: She gets very poor grades, but only because she's unable to pay attention in class. She can easily pass the make-up exams by remembering all of the answers.
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: A subtle version because she isn't named Sakura, but she's associated with cherry blossoms, the main love interest, introduced in spring, coming out of her shell.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Not in an aggresive way, but she doesn't like to see Sorata getting along with other girls such as Nanami, Rita and his sister.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Her train of thoughts and behaviour are very off, to say the least. Thus Chihiro-sensei assigns Sorata as her Cloudcuckoolander's Minder.
  • Color Motifs: White
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Sorata's influence makes her way more socially adept and helps her understand emotions more. However, when her editor talks to Sorata about Mashiro changing and starting to become more "normal", Sorata says he actually liked Mashiro better back when she was just an Idiot Savant who only thought about drawing her manga, since he sees her sudden interest in things like cooking as her "slacking off" (not realizing she's doing it for him).
  • Deuteragonist: Sorata is the lead character but a lot of what he does is take care of Mashiro. She gets the most focus after him.
  • Emotionless Girl: She has a very flat affectation and doesn't understand the concept of emotions too well. She isn't entirely emotionless, rather expresses her emotions through actions and not words.
  • First Love: Kanda combined with What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?
  • First-Name Basis: Demands that her friends call her by her given name. Difficulty due to Japanese culture interferes with this.
  • Friendless Background: Her prodigous talent has driven friends and associates away from her, leaving her with little to no true friends at the beginning of the series. Not that she cares because doing art was always the only thing in her mind.
  • Genius Ditz: As mentioned, horribly incompetent at almost everything, but she is a world-class painter and has won multiple awards for her art.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Played largely straight, but her nature makes it hard to determine if things are intended or not sometimes.
  • Hey, You!: Due to lack of social skills, she never uses Japanese Honorifics. Partially justifiable by spending most of her youth in Britain.
  • Idiot Savant: One of the very few Japanese examples that does not involve martial arts. She doesn't seem to know how to clothe herself decently on her own, nor does she have much common sense, such as when she opens a snack and eats it in the store before paying for it. However, she is an extremely talented artist and devotes heavily to that field of study.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Plans to live with Sorata after graduation.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She needs to be told or given what to wear. Lack thereof can find her braless, pantiless, or completely nude.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Very common as well, also due to her complete lack of social skills.
    • Episode 2: Says Sorata is her "first", taken as sexual, but she meant first friend. Though it heavily implied in the latter novels he does become her first in this regard as well.
    • Episode 5: She pretty much implied she has been having sex with Sorata all night in front of Nanami, while she referred to video games.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She tends to speak embarrassing and/or insulting things to other characters in a matter-of-fact tone, without considering how would they feel. Sorata is currently helping her become more socially adept.
  • Instant Expert: In Episode 5, she completely flops all her tests, including English, much to Sorata's consternation, considering the fact that she spent most of her childhood in Britain. Later she was given some study sheets, and instantly remembers all the information on it, which Sorata briefly tests her on. She later aces all her retests. See Photographic Memory.
  • Intelligence = Isolation: Sorata concludes Mashiro's unparalleled talent and lack of interest in anything but art are the reasons why she has no social life to speak of. There's also that nearly all the people who hang out with Mashiro for too long end up getting so jealous of her natural talent and success that they get away from her to protect their self-esteem, and this doesn't exclude Sorata.
  • Literal-Minded: When asked what she was thinking, Mashiro answers instead with exactly what is she thinking at the moment (such as "Of the Earth").
  • Meaningful Name: "Mashiro" means "pure white". Not only does she have a fairer skin than the rest of the cast, it is pretty clear that Sorata even thought she is "pure to a fault".
  • Messy Hair: It's clear through the show that Mashiro has never mastered the invention called a comb with her hair going a bit every which way, making it clear that she has little concern for her outward appearance.
  • New Transfer Student: Transfers in from her school in England in the spring semester.
  • No Social Skills: Begins the series knowing nothing but drawing, develops some social skills along the way, but not enough to live on her own.
  • Oblivious to Hatred: Mashiro hardly realizes how her talent brings her the envy and scorn from those around her. Rita reveals that Mashiro's talent was so far ahead of her peers that every one of them except Rita quit in shame. Rita also blames Mashiro for her grandfather telling her to quit art because she won't ever be as good as Mashiro. Rita even confesses she convinced Mashiro to become a mangaka because she wanted to see her fail at something. Mashiro, for her part, had no idea of how badly her fellow artists felt about her because she never focused on anything but her own art.
  • Photographic Memory: She's awful in verbal memory, but she can remember practically anything if she sees visually "like a painting". See Instant Expert, above, for an extreme example.
  • The Quiet One: Mashiro expresses herself via expressions more than words. She's often quiet or completely silent.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: She is a strange girl with virtually No Social Skills, doesn't understand the concept of emotions and nudity too well and has light hair, fairer skin than the rest of the cast and reddish eyes.
  • The Sleepless: Because of her tendency to work heavily on her art into the night, so she goes to bed very late and usually has to be woken up by her current caretaker, often Sorata.
  • Sleeps in the Nude: If no one leaves her pajamas ready and tells her to put them on, she goes to sleep in her birthday suit. Sorata found out about this when he went to wake her up and found her naked.
  • The Spock: A subdued example. Her train of thought is highly based on logic and shows much less emotion than everyone around her, however she still has plenty of emotions but she doesn't know how to properly express them and in some cases, don't even know what to do with them in the first place.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's a sweet and loving girl, just quite emotionally distant and odd. Over the series, her ice thaws a little, but mostly becomes transparent.
  • There Are No Therapists: People may know she needs help, but nobody ever recommends professional help.
  • Through His Stomach: She wants to learn to cook so she can give Sorata a boxed lunch, imitating Misaki giving one to Jin. Sorata fails to realize this and thinks she's just slacking off from her work as a mangaka.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Baumkuchen (German tree-ring cake, popular in Japan)
  • Trash of the Titans: What Sorata found in her room after her first night there. And continues to be so by episode 5; Sorata used this to show Nanami that he is merely her minder. Implied to be the constant state of her room
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Two First Names: Her family name Shiina is commonly used as a Japanese feminine given name.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: During Airplane of Love scene, she says "Is this... love?" when she feels new emotions for the first time as a result of Sorata's desperate plea for her to stay at Sakura Hall. Developed as a result of being an Emotionless Girl at the start of the anime.
  • Write What You Know: In-Universe example. While Mashiro's manga art is impeccable, her storytelling is below par. Her editor Ayano recommended her to do this, and her serialized manga Nanohana-sou is practically what happened in the Sakura Hall at the moment.
  • Write Who You Know: In-Universe example. The characters in her serialized manga Nanohana-sou are based on everyone in Sakura Hall, but gender flipped.

    Nanami Aoyama
Voiced by: Mariko Nakatsu
Sorata's classmate, who later transfers to Sakura Hall, another second-year high school girl, and an aspiring voice actress. Because her parents disapprove of her chosen career, she is disowned and runs away from home, forcing her to work in multiple part-time jobs to earn money so she could transfer to a voice acting school. She lives in Room 203.
  • Accent Slip Up: She slips into Kansai Regional Accent whenever she is angry or flustered.
  • Alone Among the Couples: Becomes this way as Mashiro and Kanda grow closer, Misaki and Jin's relationship reveals, and Ryu and Rina have their relationship.
  • Animal Motif: Tiger, demonstrated from her stuffed tiger Torajirou and tiger-striped panties. (Interestingly, in Mashiro's manga Nanohana-sou—a replica of what happens in the Sakura Hall—Mashiro's male stand-in is called Toratarou.)
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Mashiro's Veronica.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Slightly downplayed compared to the others, but she's strict about everything.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She simply can't bring herself to tell Sorata how she feels about him.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Nanami never likes it when she thinks Sorata is an intimate relationship with another girl, mainly Mashiro.
  • Covert Pervert: She owns some rather fancy underwear, and her usual reaction whenever confronted by a strange situation is to assume the most perverted possibility.
  • Heroic BSoD: Gets a delayed one of these after finding out she failed her audition. At first, she seemed well-adjusted to the bad news. This was disproved in the next episode when she emotionally broke down in the middle of school.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Towards Sorata. She may have had a chance before Mashiro came into the scene, but...
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Once she realizes that she doesn't have a chance with Sorata, she lets go of her feelings for him so he can be with Mashiro.
  • Only Sane Woman: She feels like she's the only real levelheaded one in Sakura Hall.
  • Parental Abandonment: Inverted — her parents object to her aspirations as a voice actress, and refused to help her pay her way through this. So she ended up moving out, working various jobs to support herself while she attended voice acting school.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Due to her self-exile (see Parental Abandonment, above), she has to pay for all her own bills. By episode 5 she was pretty much in such a state.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Due largely to her being unable to confess her feelings for Sorata sooner, she falls into this trope. In episode 22 she essentially gives him a speech that ends up "friend-zoning" herself towards him, but she likely did it because even if she did confess by that point, he'd reject it and would make their friendship awkward.
  • Second Year Protagonist
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Inverted
  • The Sleepless: Because she's overworking herself by studying and working several jobs. This catches up with her in Episode 6, when she fell ill before her first audition.
  • Tender Tears: She silently breaks down at class when she fails her February audition, meaning that two years of effort amounted to bupkis, and goes into an Heroic BSoD until Sorata pulls her out of it, making her cry her lungs out.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail
  • Tsundere: Sweet type. Nanami is nice and friendly to everyone except when Sorata does something that makes her angry like catching him with another girl.
  • Workaholic: Best seen in episode 5, when she took up Sorata's "Mashiro Duty" despite all the voice acting training and all the jobs she has.

    Jin Mitaka
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai
A third-year student and Misaki's childhood friend. Despite his genuine feelings for Misaki, he feels she is too talented for someone like him, a struggling playwright, so he instead becomes a playboy. He lives in Room 103.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Misguidedly subscribes to this trope as something he must do before he can be with Misaki.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: The main reason why he won't do anything sexual to Misaki.
  • Can't Catch Up: Towards Misaki, who feels his scripts aren't on par with the level of talent Misaki shows in her creations. This is another reason why he constantly brushes off her advances, as he feels he's not good enough for her and would just weigh her down.
  • The Casanova: Proud of it, nicknamed The Flying Ace because of it
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Misaki.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: In Episode 3, Sorata tells Jin to return to the dorm to comfort a heartbroken Misaki, who saw him and Mashiro in front of a Love Hotel. He declines, saying he'd be tempted to do perverted things to Misaki were he to see her like that, which he doesn't want.
  • Commitment Issues: He loves Misaki a lot, but the mere thought of a serious relationship, especially with someone so talented like her, is far too scary for him.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: REALLY does not like the idea of Misaki being with another guy, even if it's just hypothetically suggested.
  • Fatal Flaw: Is smart, mature, and cool. But is deeply afraid and insecure about a potential romance with Misaki, which causes quite a bit of pain for both of them (and their friends). He eventually overcomes this though.
  • Handsome Lech
  • Ignore The Fanservice: He blatantly ignores Misaki's advances.
  • Insecure Love Interest: The reason he plays The Casanova. While he does have feelings for Misaki and remains loyal to her, he feels he's not good enough to be with her, due to her talents, such as in animation, and feels he would just weigh her down if he tried to have a serious relationship with her. This despite the obvious signs that Misaki really wants to be with him. He also feels that, at the emotional place that he is, he would not be able to treat her with the dignity that he wants to dispense towards her, as he's mostly driven by lust and he cares too much about her to subject her to a treatment that basic and superficial.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Towards Misaki. In a twist, his feelings for Misaki are the reason he's The Casanova in the first place, since it's his way to deal with his inferiority complex towards Misaki.
  • Sempai/Kohai: As Sorata's sempai, he often givens him advice on different people which often turns out of be accurate.
  • Settle for Sibling: He dated Misaki's sister Fuuka because he didn't consider himself good enough for Misaki. They broke up because Fuuka was tired of being his Replacement Goldfish.
  • Shipper on Deck: He's constantly trying to encourage Nanami to confess her feelings to Sorata, even when it becomes obvious that the latter is interested in Mashiro.
  • Stoic Spectacles: He sports a pair of those.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He tends to turn ladies' heads everywhere he goes and regardless of who is accompanying him.

    Misaki Kamiigusa
Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori
A third-year student, Jin's childhood friend, and a hyperactive artist, whose obsession with anime and manga forced Suiko's higher-ups to send her over to Sakura Hall. She is openly in love with Jin, despite the latter's womanizing habits. She lives in Room 201.
  • The Ace: She is quite smart, and fairly good at everything she does, to the point that she even made a short anime single-handedly.
  • Animal Motif: Bears; she seems to be a fan of a nameless bear mascot.
  • Auntie Pennybags: She is implied to be independently wealthy, likely due to having multiple anime picked up by publishers. She frequently treats her dorm-mates to hotpot meals, gifts, and trips. She also owns a large variety of decorations, costumes, and gadgets she might share with others.
  • Blush Sticker: She sports these occasionally, and during the opening credits.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • Buxom Is Better: She is markedly shapely, busty... and showy.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Jin.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: When she sees Jin and Mashiro standing in front of a love hotel. She invokes this trope again in episode 9 when Jin openly hits on Rita, despite Rita turning him down.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Her otaku and Genki Girl tendencies make her one.
  • Cry Cute: Breaks down crying when seeing Jin and Mashiro in front of a love hotel.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: To Jin. She's been openly in love with him for years and his Casanova front clearly does not change her opinion of him a bit. Her advances can be overly aggressive sometimes, though.
  • Drives Like Crazy: In Episode 7 she manages to send her driving instructor into a nervous wreck while trying to pass her Driving Test. Becomes a crucial skill in episode 12 when they attempt to make their way to the airport after hearing Mashiro is leaving.
  • Fast-Roping: She installs a rope from her window, from which dangles a makeshift lift which she uses to drop into Sorata's room.
  • Friend to All Children: She's popular with the kids and invited many kids to Sakura Hall's Tanabata event. Chihiro suspects that's because she's just like them mentally.
  • Gamer Chick: She frequently goes to Sorata's room to play video games with him.
  • Genki Girl: Her general attitude when not involving the subject of Jin in the topic.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: She apparently didn't realize she was in love with Jin until he began dating her sister.
  • Hates Being Alone: During her graduation speech she reveals that she strived to make Sakura Hall a place where she would find true friends, preparing each room for a new arrival and making sure that everyone felt at home there because, at first, she was effectively discarded there and forced to be on her own with Chihiro at the very beginning.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Idiot Hair
  • Innocently Insensitive
  • Intelligence = Isolation: Like Mashiro, it's not intelligence per se, but it operates the same way. Her incredible talent and Bunny-Ears Lawyer behaviour made it hard for her to find any friends when she was younger and complicated her relationship with Jin.
  • I Will Wait for You: Subverted. Jin gave her a marriage certificate with his signature on it as a promise to come back to her so they could go to city hall together, but she doesn't hesitate to sign it and turn it into city hall shortly after he leaves for college, making them officially married.
  • Large Ham: She tends to do this when she gets excited, such as when she was taking the driving test in episode 7, and constantly calls her instructor "Nancy".
  • Love Hurts: Her love for Jin brings her much heartbreak, due to his womanizing ways and the fact that he always seems to brush off her advances.
  • Motor Mouth: She tends to sound this way at times when she's excited.
  • Otaku Surrogate: She is famous for her incredible artistic talent, but is also notorious for her obsession with anime and manga, thus the reason she gets transferred into Sakura Hall.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Her smile will only drop when her relationship with Jin is brought into question.
  • Replacement Goldfish: One of the reasons Jin becomes Fuuka's boyfriend is because she's the closest thing to Misaki that is not actually Misaki.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: She is just as prone to end up in various slapstick scenarios as any of the guys, sometimes even more so.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Is not afraid to show herself off to Jin, despite his apparent lack of interest.
  • Sibling Triangle: She and her older sister Fuuka both liked Jin. Due to Jin's inferiority complex towards Misaki and Misaki not realizing her feelings for him back then, Jin started dating Fuuka, but they eventually broke up since Fuuka knew she was just his Replacement Goldfish and Jin would always love Misaki the most. Even now, Misaki mistakenly believes Jin favors her sister over her.
  • The Tease: Unabashedly deliberately at times
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Her and her sister are practically identical despite being a few years apart. Her sister is slightly taller and is not a Genki Girl like her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: During the graduation speech, she makes sure to mention that Sorata would not deny her anything in spite of her constantly barging into his room, and that he was always gracious and kind towards her, earning him a special place in her heart.


    Ryuunosuke Akasaka
Voiced by: Yui Horie
An second-year boy (yes, that's a he) and a talented computer programmer... who just happens to be a shut-in, communicating only with his dormmates through "Maid", an AI program he developed (and whose avatar Misaki created). Eventually he comes out of his room and starts attending Suiko. He lives in Room 102.
  • Allergic to Love: Any advance Rita attempts on him results in him having panicked and disturbed reactions or running away from her.
  • At Least I Admit It: He has no delusions about his flaws or nature and is perfectly willing to admit them without a second thought. In fact, he is insulted by the fact that others would try to use those facts as insults when they are clearly the truth. He also seems to have a problem with people who can't do the same.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Rita.
  • Brutal Honesty: He did not hide why he comes out to attend classes (to obtain enough attendance points to go to college), and, of course, towards Rita in episode 10, when he sees right through her "fake smile" and tells it like he sees it. It doesn't go very well with her.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • Commander Contrarian: Tied with his Brutal Honesty traits, Ryuunosuke mostly serves to pop the balloons for everyone at the dorm to bring them back to reality.
  • Crossdressing Voices: And a rare one for Yui Horie, too.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dragged into Drag: He's once forced into a maid outfit.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Rita traveled to Japan twice for him... he should eventually start to budge for her hints soon.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Due to his long hair, which he doesn't bother to cut.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He develops most of Suiko's gadgets, including Maid-chan, a learning AI.
  • Hates Being Touched: By women, that is. In fact, he doesn't even like being within close proximity of them.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Poor guy suffers from gynophobia. Which makes it all the more dire for him when Rita falls in love with him.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Until his formal introduction in Episode 9, his only interaction with his dormmates are through Maid-chan, his AI.
  • Hikikomori: Is objectively aware of this fact.
  • Hime Cut
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Between the residents of Sakura Hall and Rita, they manage to penetrate his isolation shield and make themselves his truest friends.
  • Ineffectual Loner: He once had friends and was working on a game with them, but his Insufferable Genius tendencies and the fact he was more skilled than any of them could hope to be eventually caused them to gradually step away from him, until he was left alone.
  • Insufferable Genius: When he finally shows up in Suiko after five months, Ryuunosuke doesn't even bother listening to the teacher's lecture. He also eats tomatoes loudly in class, which the teacher finds irritating.
  • Intelligence = Isolation: The reason behind his attitude. See Ineffectual Loner for more details.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gynophobic, Insufferable Genius, prone for Brutal Honesty, but he does help Mahiro, and despite disliking Rita actually bothers to send her a card (though he states he did it only to be polite).
  • Loner-Turned-Friend
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Meaningful Name: "Ryu" means "dragon", his In-Series Nickname.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: He clearly doesn't appreciate Rita hitting on him. Though this is more because of his gynophobia; he is not interested in chasing girls either.
  • No Social Skills: Subverted, in that he perfectly understand social rules and logic, he just never bothers with actually applying them.
  • Not So Stoic: When first introduced, he is completely deadpan and emotionless. Only when Rita starts showing interest in him does he display emotional reactions, though no positive ones.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: After Rita stole a Forceful Kiss from him... TWICE
  • Rapunzel Hair: Reaching below his waist.
  • Second Year Protagonist
  • The Spock: Similarly to Mashiro, he has a very logical train of thought. Unlike Mashiro he is also highly analytical, picking apart everything around him with cold hard reasoning. This trait often causes friction with others, but at the same those around him has to admit that he is often right.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In Episode 10, after Rita explains how she failed to meet expectations due to being overshadowed by Mashiro, Ryuunosuke calls her out on trying to appease others' expectations of her more than following her true desire. The speech leads to her respect and admiration, paving her love for him.
  • Tender Tears: He weeps during Misaki's speech at the graduation ceremony while sitting right outside with Rita, hearing from Misaki that he finally found true friends that won't abandon him.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Tomatoes
  • Tsundere: He clearly has a thing for Rita, but he absolutely refuses to admit it and treats her as an annoyance.
  • Tsurime Eyes

    Chihiro Sengoku
Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi
Mashiro's relative, overseer of Sakura Hall, and art teacher at Suimei High. Despite that, she's more interested in drinking and dating. She's also irresponsible taking care of Mashiro's condition, forcing Sorata to become her caretaker, and even then she'd give him improper, irrational advice.

    Rita Ainsworth
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi
Mashiro's former handler during her stay in England. She was also an aspiring artist, but, driven by envy over Mashiro's superior talent, Rita "encourages" her to transfer to Japan to draw manga. Soon she regrets her decision, so she travels to Japan to persuade Mashiro to return with her, all to no avail. She eventually returns home, but not before making a most curious acquaintance in the form of Ryuunosuke.

    Yuuko Kanda
Voiced by: Yui Ogura
Sorata's younger sister and a third-year junior high school girl who looks too young for her age. She enters Suiko and stays in the Sakura Hall in the seventh book of the novels.
  • A-Cup Angst: She goes through this while groping Mashiro and Nanami in Episode 7. Jin tries to cheer her up by yelling that she'll get bigger come high school.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Visited Sorata at a most inopportune time (just when he was waiting for the results of his video game thesis) to pester him with questions regarding school life after some out-of-context conversation with their mother over Sorata's relationship with Mashiro.
  • Big Brother Attraction: Towards Sorata.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Almost instantly disliked Mashiro and Nanami for taking up most of her brother's time, though she eventually softens up to Mashiro after she comes to understand the latter's condition.
  • The Ditz: She prepares a giant celebratory confetti popper that she spent three days building and intends to pop when she gets her admission approval. She gets a negative from Sorata and she pulls on the cord, making the popper fall on top of her head.
  • Fangirl: Of Mashiro, after finding out that the blonde is the author of her favorite manga (Nanohana-sou).
  • Genki Girl
  • Ill Girl: She was one, and her Big Brother Attraction came from the fact that Sorata looked after her a lot at the time.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's a ninth grader—two years behind Sorata—meaning she's actually around 14-15 years old. She looks no older than a grade-school kid.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Was initially this to Mashiro, being very jealous of her being close to Sorata. While Mashiro constantly considered using Plan C on Yuuko.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Stands out as the smallest character of the principal cast.

    Other Characters 

Voiced by: Yui Horie (Credited as "???")
Ryuunosuke's AI program and automated mail filtering system, with an avatar created by Misaki. As time passed Ryuunosuke constantly upgrades her abilities, including giving her partial autonomy.

Daichi Miyahara

Voiced by: Taishi Murata

Sorata and Nanami's friend and classmate. He has a crush on Nanami.

Souichirou Tatebayashi

Voiced by: Satoshi Hino

The Student Council President of Suimei High. Has some history with Jin

Kazuki Fujisawa

Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma

A game designer and a former tenant of Sakurasou. Has a crush on Chihiro

  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Chihiro slaps him across the face for crushing Sorata's dream while trying to lure Mashiro to work for the company; he argues that he did not know that the company would do something like that.
  • Megane
  • Mentor Archetype: Becomes one towards Sorata for a brief time.


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