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Main Trio

     Shuuichi Nitori
Voiced by: Kousuke Hatakeyama

  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Due to the fact that she is a trans girl, it actually goes both ways:
    • Since most of the society recognizes Shuuichi as a boy, she gets a lot of "Oh, Nitori is so pretty when he crossdresses!" in-universe, which make several boys crushing on her before learning that or despite knowing that she is trans.
    • She is also very attractive when presenting as a boy. When she went to her elementary school reunion dressed in mostly masculine clothes with a short haircut she got a lot of attention from the girls. One of the girls from her elementary class even had a crush on her.
  • Betty and Veronica: During the brief Shuuichi-Maho-Seya Sibling Triangle. Socially, Maho as Seya's classmate and a cis girl fits the Betty role, while Shuuichi as "the mysterious girl" later revealed to be Maho's trans little sister, places as Veronica. Personality-wise it's obviously the other way around.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Shuuichi never becomes violent, but when she finally stands up for herself, she gets to tremendously break verbally her former bully, Doi, almost making him cry. She's actually incredibly tough, emotionally.
  • Bokukko: Due to being raised as a boy, but she never changes her pronouns.
  • Bullied into Depression: She fell into a rut when boys at school bullied her after she went to school in a girl's uniform.
  • Chick Magnet: She attracts a lot of girls. Apparently even in her original elementary school she was this.
  • Delinquent Hair: Right before high school began she dyed her hair bright red, and this was how others reacted. Alas it only lasted one chapter.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: Her hair was a lighter brown in elementary but darkened within a few volumes. The manga handwaves it by implying it's puberty related.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Shuuichi is a girl, but few people actually acknowledge this, so this trope is in a full effect in-universe, with the boys being perplexed about how they are attracted to the "girly-looking" Nitori-kun.
  • Expository Hair Style Change: Grew her hair out after hitting a depression then cut it even shorter than before due to the stigma of a boy having long hair.
  • Fashion Model: She briefly was a model in elementary but quit for unspecified reasons.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She is shown in early chapters to like baking.
  • Expy: In terms of design she's this to the protagonist of an earlier manga by the mangaka.
  • Height Angst: Becomes dysphoric over her height once she begins hitting growth spurts.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Nitorin".
  • Meaningful Echo: Throughout the story, whenever she talks or confesses about her transgenderism, she always says, "I want to be a girl." But in the final line of the manga - the title of her book - she instead simply says, "I am a girl."
  • Meaningful Rename: After finally deciding to transition at the end of the manga, she asks Yuki to give her a feminine name. She calls her "Lily".
  • Official Couple: With Anna.
  • Pass Fail:
    • The first time was when she got a haircut and it ended up looking more boyish than she expected because she was hitting puberty.
    • In high school a few women talk behind her back about her because of her voice.
  • Prone to Tears: Lampshaded (rather cruelly) by Maho:
    Anna: ...I made your little brother cry.
    Maho: Huh? Shu always cries.
  • Signature Headgear: Nitori is associated with headbands. She's a trans girl whose LGBT Awakening was being forced to wear a headband by classmates as a joke. Nitori initially wore headbands to pass as a girl, but she phased them out as a part of her Character Development.
  • Supreme Chef: When it comes to baking at least. This was referenced often in elementary, but it stopped being brought up after a few volumes.
  • Transgender: Specifically a trans woman.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: With Maho. The two can pass as twins when they're in elementary. Their resemblance is increased when Nitori grows out her hair into a near-identical style to Maho.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Sorta. She's a soft-spoken, docile child who's good at baking and is quite feminine. She says what she feels and has spoken up for her friends at times. In later chapters she's begun to break more out of this trope but still fits.

     Yoshino Takatsuki
Voiced by: Asami Seto

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Their eyes are black (stylized brown) in the manga but golden in the anime.
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: Most of the manga presents Takatsuki as a counterpart to trans girl Nitori and depicts them as a transgender boy. In high school, the line starts to blur and ultimately they come to the conclusion they would rather live as a girl, though they're still depicted as confused over their gender. Considering the situations surrounding the revelation and the bittersweet way it's presented, fans are stumped. Word of God is that it's up to the reader on whether they see them as trans or not.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Similarly to Shuichi, though more complicated (see Ambiguous Gender Identity). However it's safe to say that whoever Takatsuki identifies as, they are still going to look damn good when dressed as opposite gender.
  • Berserk Button: Bullying Shuuichi. Also, their period and, to a lesser extent, other physical or social aspects of femininity coming from his being assigned female at birth. Teasing them about it made some boys in their elementary school seriously beaten. They've generally only tough in situations they feel pressured in.
  • Bokukko: Inverted. Despite identifying as male, he still uses "watashi". However, he thinks it suits him and doesn't change, similar to how he thinks Nitori's usage of "boku" suits her.
  • Curtains Match the Window: They have black eyes (presumably stylized brown) and black hair.
  • D-Cup Distress: They hate it when their breasts begin to grow. They even goes to buy a binder to flatten their chest so that they do not have to wear a bra.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: Their hair was brown in the first two volumes instead of black. Their eyes were originally brown before turning black.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: They attract a lot of guys, albeit ones that see them as a girl.
  • Fashion Model: In high school Takatsuki decides to become a model after others suggest it. Originally they presented as an androgynous bifauxnen but later underwent a Girliness Upgrade.
  • First Period Panic: They get their first period early on and hate it from the start. It's their Berserk Button.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Takatsuki was treated as a transgender boy for most of the run and showed general dysphoria and a disdain for feminine things. Part way during high school, Takatsuki became a model but started androgynous. Eventually Takatsuki grows their hair out, begins wearing girl's clothes, and decides not to transition. In the end they lean more towards a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak than Bifauxnen tomboy.
  • Height Angst: They're tall for a girl but they wishes they were taller.
  • Hot for Teacher: They seem a bit confused about whether it was a crush or not. Thy felt pressured by everyone else to have a crush on somebody, but other people thought they fell for a teacher in middle school.
  • Kick the Dog: Telling Saori that her beloved Nitori-kun now dates Anna, and thus completely crushing the girl? Not cool, Takatsuki. They regret it almost immediately, though
  • One of the Girls: Due to being raised a girl, Takatsuki spends most of his time around female characters.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Seems to be this with Shuuichi. Subverted in the end. They've grown somewhat distant from Nitori and have an unrequited crush on her. Though their final appearance in the manga together shows that their friendship was very important to both of them.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: If the colored art is to be believed Takatsuki has a thing for pastel colors. Their hoodies are apparently pink. Could be their parents buying the clothes though.
  • Shading/Colour Dissonance: He had dark brown hair for the first few volumes but it was shaded in a way that made it look black. Later, he was retconned into having black hair.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: No, Shuuichi really isn't their girlfriend. And Chiba isn't their girlfriend either.
  • Transgender: Specifically a transgender man. Eventually subverted. Maybe, Wordof God says it's up to readers to decide for themselves if Takatsuki is still trans or not.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • By his own admission cheesecake is this.
    • Takatsuki is shown drinking orange juice a lot.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Shuuichi. The legion of Shippers On Deck doesn't help. And then the Foe Yay tension with Chiba.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: At their first day in the high school to a girl named Kayoko Masuda. Well, about the fact of being physically female, anyway.

     Saori Chiba
Voiced by: Yuka Nanri

  • Stepford Snarker: Early chapters aside, Saori is prone to sarcastic remarks and sass. She tries to dial it back in high school.
  • Turn to Religion: In elementary, she converts to Christianity to absolve herself of her guilt towards her behavior.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: It's unclarified how much she likes it but Saori is repeatedly shown drinking green tea.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Acts this way towards Shuuichi occasionally. Oka can tell a tale on that subject.
  • Yandere: She doesn't go Ax-Crazy or outright psycho over her unrequited love, but sometimes loses it, and is the most realistic example available.


     Makoto Ariga
Voiced by: Yuichi Iguchi

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her eyes went from brown to black
  • Adorkable: Dear God, yes.
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: Introduced as a foil to Nitori but never got the same amount of transgender-related focus as Nitori, most fans thought Mako was a Camp Gay Wholesome Crossdresser. In high school, it's shown otherwise and she even comes out to her mom. The anime didn't seem to think she was female either as she's dressed as a boy in an Imagine Spot, while the manga parallel has her in a girls uniform.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Not incredibly big but still larger than most of the other characters.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: Mako originally had Opaque Nerd Glasses however within a few chapters it was changed so that her eyes could be seen constantly.
  • Foil: To Nitori, being much more self-anxious and nervous about presenting as a girl.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Makoto" is a unisex name, which is lucky for her since she's trans.
  • I Am Not Pretty: Unlike Nitorin, whose physique makes somehow easier for her to present as a girl, Mako is very self-conscious about not getting this: "Oh, so cute!" reactions when she dresses as a girl.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Oka and a couple of male teachers.
  • Hot for Teacher: Incurable case.
  • Meganekko: She wears glasses.
  • Nerd Glasses: Originally her eyes were hidden behind her glasses.
  • Odd Friendship: She gets along surprisingly well with Saori.
  • Serious Business: Hair clippers and dressing up as girls.
  • The Smart Girl: Perceptive and sometimes more self-confident than Shuuichi, she frequently supports and defends her from others' inadequate aggression, even cutting Maho's bullying of her sister and shutting her up once.
  • Sobriquet Sex Switch: Makoto requests for Nitori to refer to her as "Mako-chan" not soon after they begin being friends. She usually goes by "Mako".
  • Transgender: Like Nitori, Makoto is a trans girl.
  • Youthful Freckles: She gets her freckles from her rather youthful mom.

     Anna Suehiro
Voiced by: Yui Horie

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Anna's eyes are brown in the manga, violet in the anime
  • Cool Big Sis: To Shuuichi, initially; a much needed one when the biological sister was a Big Sister Bully. They later become love interests.
  • Foil: To Maho. Maho is more out-going and appears approachable, but has a strong jerkass streak and cannot treat Shuuichi being transgender civilly. Anna is reserved and a lot of people thinks she looks scary and cold, but is kind to Shuuichi, becoming a Cool Big Sis to her first and girlfriend later, and is even at ease with Shuuichi planning to transition.
  • Fashion Model: She's a popular model. She meets Mako and Nitori through the modeling agency, though she originally doesn't get along with them.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: For Shuichi in the last chapter, declaring that she's a lesbian since Shuichi is a girl.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Mild. She finds some unusual things to be cute.
  • Official Couple: With Shuichi.
  • Shrinking Violet: Though you wouldn't guess at first glance.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She originally bullied Nitori and was mean towards Maho, but it turns out she's pretty nice on default.
  • Tsundere: It seems like she was this with Nitori but it's just her Sugar-and-Ice Personality showing.
  • Tsurime Eyes: One of the few characters with such. She sometimes gets a "cat eyed" expression.

     Shinpei Doi
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino

  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: At various points of the story he was implied to be attracted to Chiba as much as he disliked her. And he asks her out in the last chapter.
  • Bully Turned Buddy: Throughout elementary and middle school, he and Oka bullied Nitori for being girly. When they're put in the same all-boys school, they become reluctant friends.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: At the time of getting into high school (when he stops being The Bully and gets slightly picked on by upperclassmen).
  • Hidden Depths: He turns out to have quite a comical talent and generally to be not so awful person, after he gains some respect for Nitori.
  • Jerkass: Initially, though he gets some development, even becoming sort of friends with Shuuichi later. And after becoming her friend, he turns into a full-on Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Likes Older Women: He felt attracted to Yuki to the point of forcing Nitori to let him visit her.
  • Maybe Ever After: Oddly enough, hinted with Chiba in the last chapter, as we don't see her answer to his confession, and she reacts to it more emotionally than to any other signs of interest from the boys in the manga.

     Riku Seya


     Kanako Sasa
Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjo

     Chizuru Sarashina
Voiced by: Saeko Chiba

  • Abhorrent Admirer: A platonic version. She would really, really like to be Chiba's friend. The feeling is not mutual.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her eyes have a golden hue in the anime. In the manga they're just brown.
  • Bifauxnen: She can pass as a long haired boy when wearing a gakuran.
  • Demoted to Extra: In high school. She only appears a few times.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She has an... odd way of thinking.
  • Crossdresser: She seems to prefer female or androgynous styles in casual wear outside of school, but she doesn't think twice about dressing in her male middle school uniform. She even wore it on the first day of school.
  • Genki Girl: She's very spunky.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Wore them occasionally in middle school. In high school it was her default style, which contrasts with Kanako and Saori, who stopped wearing theirs at the same time.
  • Large Ham: Often coupled with her Third-Person Person
  • No Indoor Voice: She has a tendency to speak loud for no reason.
  • Sailor Fuku: Her high school uniform.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: She coincidentally gets sent to a far-off high school with Kanako and Momoko right when the high school chapters begin.
  • Third-Person Person: She occasionally speaks like this.
  • Tsurime Eyes: A pronounced example.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: She likes to wear the male school uniform in middle school.

     Momoko Shirai
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki

     Fumiya Ninomiya
Voiced by: Kaoru Mizuhara

  • Ascended Extra: For a while in high school.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Not really creepy, but his reasons for crossdressing are rather petty.
  • Demoted to Extra: He was Nitori and Mako's upperclassman in high school but eventually took a backburner to Doi. Not even dating Saori helped him get more spotlight.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Chiba. He can be bit cocky and a liar though, so the "nice" part is somewhat debatable.
  • Expository Hair Style Change: He grew his hair out after Saori started dating him.
  • Megane: He wears glasses.
  • No Smoking: His smoking isn't in the anime because underage smoking isn't allowed in anime.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: When he was first shown showing, he couldn't have been older then thirteen.

     Oka Takanori
Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura

  • Bully Turned Buddy: Throughout elementary and middle school, he and Doi bullied Nitori for being girly. When they're put in the same all-boys school, they become reluctant friends.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He has a very hopeless crush on Saori, who despises him.
  • Oblivious to Love: Makoto likes him but he can't tell.


     Maho Nitori
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki

  • Anguished Declaration of Love: To Seya.
  • Ascended Fangirl: When she makes it to the same model agency where Maiko-chan works.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Shuuichi and Seya, occasionally.
  • Betty and Veronica: During the brief Shuuichi-Maho-Seya Sibling Triangle. Socially, Maho as Seya's classmate and a cis girl fits the Betty role, while Shuuichi as "the mysterious girl" later revealed to be Maho's trans little sister, places as Veronica. Personality-wise it's obviously the other way around.
  • Big Sister Bully: She spends much of her screentime bullying her sister.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She abuses Shuuichi constantly, but NOBODY (else) MESSES WITH HER "BROTHER"!
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: She starts out as a preteen but otherwise fits.
  • Fangirl: THE fangirl of Maiko.
  • Fashion Model: She was such a huge fan of Maiko tha she got into modeling to meet her. She originally only got in due to Nitori but eventually became a worthwhile model in her own right.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She gets mad very easily. She gets worse as time goes on, but by high school she begins to cool down.
  • Hot for Teacher: In her first year of middle school she fell for an off-screen teacher; however, it matches the description of the teacher both Mako and Takatsuki seemed to like.
  • Jerkass: Aside of Transgender problems and the lack of understanding from her environment, having this sister alone would gain Shuuichi status of The Woobie.
  • Kick the Dog: About 90% of her treatment of Shuuichi. Though slightly justified in cases when her transitioning complicates her life, or when she tries her underwear on...
  • No Periods, Period: Averted. First Foreshadowed in Chapter 7, and it finally arrives in Chapter 30.
  • Official Couple: With Seya (after some complications involving younger sister).
  • Pet the Dog: Anytime she's nice to Shuuichi.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Shuuichi and Anna.
  • Tsundere: Acts this way towards her boyfriend Seiya prior to dating. She also acts like this towards Shuuichi.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: With Shuuichi. She even lampshades it, saying after the audition that they could've said that're twins.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Makoto gives Maho one of these, when witnessing her mistreatment of Shuuichi. Interestingly, having to deal with an assertive and self-confident girl so different from her sister, Maho cannot really tell her off.

     Satomi Nitori
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara


     Yuki Yoshida
Voiced by: Takako Honda

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Brown eyes to red eyes.
  • Alliterative Name: Yuki Yoshida.
  • Bullied into Depression: A bunch of bullies was why Yuki became a hikikomori as a middle schooler. She eventually recovered from her troubles, but she spent several of her preteen and teen years locked away in her bedroom after some bullies really got to her.
  • Cool Big Sis: She acts as a cool older friend to Nitori, Takatsuki, and to a lesser extent Mako.
  • Genki Girl: She's rather perky.
  • Hikikomori: She was one throughout most of middle school and high school.
  • Meganekko: As a child she wore glasses but as an adult she doesn't.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: When Shiina was first introduced he believed Yuki was cheating with Takatsuki, who couldn't have been older than 10 at the time.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Though she is rather touchy with Takatsuki and often teases him but it doesn't seem to be serious.
  • Mentor in Queerness: Yuki acts as an older, more mature transgender peer to Nitori, Takatsuki, and to a lesser extent Makoto. She helps when their family and friends can't.
  • Official Couple: With Shiina.
  • Shipper on Deck: Toward Shuuichi and Takatsuki.
  • Sobriquet Sex Switch: Yuki's birth name is "Hiroyuki".
  • The Tease: She likes to tease men and jokingly flirts with Takatsuki when they meet.
  • Technicolor Eyes: In the anime, she has red eyes.
  • Transgender: She's a trans woman.
  • Unkempt Beauty: She used to be very dressed up but has become more casual ever since meeting Takatsuki's and Nitori's 6th grade teacher.

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara

     Taichirou Ebina

  • Late Coming Out: Ebina is a 30+ years old, predominantly closeted, trans woman who contrasts with the 20-something year old Yuki and teenage Nitori. Her unresolved arc revolves around her juggling her want to transition with her adult life. She's raising a toddler on her own after her wife died, which exasperates everything as Ebina's worried about how transitioning will affect her daughter. She also feels insecure in her inability to pass and is jealous of Nitori's youthful androgyny.
  • Pass Fail: She can't pass as a woman and is well aware of it. This makes her a bit jealous at Nitori.
  • Salaryman: She works as one.
  • Transgender: Specifically, a transgender woman.
  • Widow Woman: Her wife recently died, leaving her to raise their toddler alone. She's trying to find a new wife but it's hard for various reasons.

     Saisho Manabu
Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai

     Kaneda Kentaro
Voiced by: Takayuki Kondo

  • Alliterative Name: Kaneda Kentaro
  • Hot Teacher: A large sum of the girls that go to the middle school are said to have a crush on him at one time another. Makoto, Chizuru, Maho, and possibly Takatsuki all have had a crushes on him.

Voiced by: Ai Takabe


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