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    Kousei Arima 
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese), Max Mittelman (English)
Portrayed by: Kento Yamazaki
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"When you've shared those sounds with tons of people, when you've reached tons of people with those sounds, when your hearts come together... it might be that music transcends words."

A former child prodigy in playing piano. He lost the ability to play the piano after his mother died of illness when he was 11, leaving him with a trauma that prevents him from hearing the sound of his own playing. He lives in a "colorless world" until Kaori shows up and makes him play the piano again.


  • Accidental Pervert: When Kousei first sees Kaori playing music with a bunch of children, his first instinct is to take a picture... but the sudden gust of wind made Kaori's skirt blow upwards, so he ended up accidentally taking a picture of her panties.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He himself said that his eyes are brown (early in chapter 1 and in the first episode), but all of the covers and the anime depict his eyes as blue.
  • Always Someone Better: Emi and Takeshi feel this way towards Kousei - the two always did well in competitions when they were little yet were always beaten by Kousei, making them even more determined to surpass him in the future. The same way, Kousei thinks Watari is better than him.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: While Kousei's depression is often highlighted, it's also implied on several occasions that Kousei's close friends are concerned that he may be suicidal. The several instances of him passing out after starving himself, because he was too focused on practising his music, are reacted to a lot more severely to by the rest of the cast than he himself does.
  • Artistic License: A chunk of his glasses frames disappears when he is seen from the side. This allows a better view of his eyes.
  • Betty and Veronica: He seems to be the reserved, insecure, and kind-hearted Betty to Casanova Watari's Veronica. However, he turns out to be in an Imaginary Love Triangle, as Kaori never had feelings for Watari, and always loved him, which she reveals in her posthumous letter to him at the end of the series.
  • Blithe Spirit: Without even realizing it, Kousei's piano playing inspires many people - Emi and Takeshi are inspired to take up piano because of how he played at the age of five. Kaori was inspired to switch to violin just so she'd be able to play with him one day. When he begins to play again, he continues to inspire other musicians.
  • Broken Pedestal: Takeshi greatly admired the "Human Metronome" Kousei because of the way he followed the score to perfection, thinking of him as a "hero". He becomes disappointed when he finds out Kousei is suffering from emotional and psychological issues that prevent him from playing the piano perfectly, since this makes him just another "human". Emi and Kaori on the other hand, already admired him from before he became the "Human Metronome", so they liked it better when he plays the way he wants.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's prone to being victim of physical abuse such as being kicked, slapped, or having stuff thrown at him by Kaori and Tsubaki. This is played for laughs.
  • Character Development: Kousei starts off as a cynical guy who is completely traumatized by his mother's harsh piano training and his mother's death. However, after meeting up with Kaori, he slowly appreciate his own piano talents and his music potential. Even after Kaori's death, he continues to play the piano as his dedication and memory to her, thanking Kaori for her emotional support to him.
  • Chick Magnet: Despite Kousei believing that no one would ever fall for him, he attracts the attention of several different girls throughout the course of the story.
  • Childhood Friends: Has been friends with Tsubaki and Watari since childhood.
  • Child Prodigy: Used to be one thanks to his mother. He got the nickname "Human Metronome" because of how accurately he played the music score no matter how difficult it was, despite being a mere child.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Kousei is plagued with self-doubt, fears and emotional traumas that keep him from playing piano again. It's thanks to Kaori that he starts to gain some more confidence.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: All four main female characters are attracted to the awkward boy that is Kousei, and the latter has no idea, still thinking that Kaori is attracted to Watari.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: His relentless focus on the piano made him an isolated husk, which combined with the tragedy befalling his mother, made him completely ignore his peers. He later realizes this, and laments the perceived fact that he has little more to offer to the world other than the piano. Thing is, Kousei doesn't quite grasp just how gentle, how kind and how loving he is, basically making his peers and loved ones feel better just being present.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Kousei stopped playing the piano and became a very cynical boy since his mother died.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Kousei hits one when Saki dies during one of his performances. It doesn't help that him calling out his mother also led to a Parting Words Regret.
  • Devoted to You: Kousei doesn't realize it, but the girls attracted to him adore him above all things. Tsubaki has loved him nearly her entire life and has spent years trying to get him out of his depression, Emi became a pianist because she was charmed by his music and wanted to get him to acknowledge her, and Kaori was also inspired to become a violinist by his music and decided to dedicate the time she had left to help him get back on his feet.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: He anticipates this ever since he's told from Day 1 that Kaori is interested in Watari. Kaori does return his feelings and, in fact, had been in love with him since she was five; but Kousei only finds out about this after Kaori dies via a letter given to him from her parents. However, he still has Tsubaki by his side and the possibility of them hooking up in the future is still open.
  • The Dreaded: As Kaori explains to Tsubaki and Watari, Kousei Arima's name is infamous in the music world due to his perfectly straight down-to-the-notes style of playing which had always caused him to win first place easily. Though this also has its downside, as most of the audience viewed it as boring because they seek something different from the music itself.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Looked quite graceful when playing the piano before he got his trauma, and he slowly regains his elegance in the series when he's made to play again. He fully become this again after Kaori's death.
  • Experienced Protagonist: He is a former Child Prodigy who was Famed In-Story for his piano genius until he experienced a breakdown at a concert 2 years ago. Much of the story involves him regaining his ability to play, as well as the reaction of the music world and his Unknown Rivals to his return to the scene.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The melancholic one between main protagonists, as he's quite serious, thoughtful and cynical.
  • His Heart Will Go On: While he does lose Kaori in the end, his growth throughout the story allows him to continue forward.
  • Human Pack Mule: Kaori makes him carry all her shopping bags when she forces him to go shopping with her in episode 16.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: Kousei falls for Kaori despite being told that Kaori liked Watari and that he didn't have a chance with her. Watari however does want Kousei and Kaori to end up together since Kaori seems to enjoy investing a lot of her time into Kousei and his piano-playing. Confirmed that, yes, she actually does have feelings for him.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: His eye color is always depicted as blue to show his naivete and innocence - even though both the manga and the anime state in the very first chapter/episode that he has brown eyes.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He doesn't remember either Takeshi or Emi in spite of sharing multiple competitions and podiums with them, this, because he was so intently focused on winning competitions for his mom that he never noticed them. It's not until more recent times that he realizes how much he meant for them and how they are driven by his example.
  • Insecure Love Interest: He thinks a girl like Kaori would never become interested in a guy like him and he's no match for Watari.
  • I Wished You Were Dead: He told his mother to die after being fed up with her abuse and harsh critique of his playing. She died sometime after it.
  • Last Lousy Point: For a young man who is capable of bringing such beautiful sounds into the world, Kousei has very low self-esteem and is quite gullible.
  • Like a Son to Me: Hiroko sees him as her own child, even before Saki's death.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Kaori and his mother are quite similar; they're both obsessed with music, they're constantly pushing him into becoming a better pianist and are prone to drastic mood swings. They are both also sick with unnamed diseases and as of chapter 44, they also pass away untimely. This is lampshaded in episode 16 when Kaori yells at him for not practicing for the upcoming competition in such a way that in Kousei's eyes, the room begins to glitch, and Kaori turns into his mother.
  • Love at First Sight: He's entranced by Kaori when he first lays eyes on her, and proceeds to fall hard for her.
  • Magnetic Hero: No shortage of 5 other characters actually got inspired by Kousei throughout the series. Kaori and Emi actually decided to become musicians after hearing him play as a child. Kousei was Takeshi's inspiration and he even put off traveling overseas all for the opportunity to compete with him again. Nagi and Miike both changed the way they viewed and played music thanks to him. Of course, Kousei has a hard time picking this up.
  • Manly Tears: In the final episode, he's given every reason to cry at the end of his recital when he gets a vision of Kaori's spirit joining him for one last time to play violin before tearfully passing on to the next life, making it clear she did not survive the surgery. The poor guy is left awash in uncontrollable heaps of his own tears.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Feminine Boy to Tsubaki's Masculine Girl. Kousei is a sensitive boy who plays the piano while Tsubaki is an athletic tomboy.
  • Maybe Ever After: With Tsubaki. Kousei is left heartbroken by Kaori's death and he clearly isn't ready to settle down with anyone yet. However, he appreciates the fact that Tsubaki wants to be there for him and doesn't reject her feelings, so it's possible they might get together in the future.
  • The Mentor: For Nagi once Hiroko assigns her to him. Though both him and Nagi and initially reluctant, they both turn into a fabulous teacher-student duo.
  • Minor Living Alone: He's a fourteen year old boy who lives alone because his mother died a few years prior and his father is regularly on business trips.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: The last time he saw his mother Saki alive, Kousei had just wished for her to die after he was fed up with her abuse. He learned about her death while performing a piano recital. Years later, Kousei is shown to be haunted by his last memories of Saki and is deeply saddened by what he did to the point where he can't play like he used to.
  • Nice Guy: He's cynical but he's really conscious of how he acts with others and does care for his friends.
  • Oblivious to Love: He completely misses the hints that Tsubaki doesn't think of him as a brother anymore, that Kaori may not only be interested in Watari, and that Watari had been trying to hook Kaori and Kousei up for the entire story. It's only when Kaori tells him of her and Tsubaki's love for him, does he actually know of this.
  • Opposites Attract: The cynical and reserved Kousei and the optimistic and wild Kaori.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother is dead, and his father is usually away for business, so he lives alone.
  • Parting Words Regret: Kousei's last words to his mother were that he wanted her dead. His guilt over it is an important part of the trauma that keeps him from playing piano.
  • Piggyback Cute: He gives some piggyback rides to Tsubaki and Kaori, providing some Ship Tease for him and his two love interests.
  • Red Baron: Kousei's (in)famous nickname in the music world, "Human Metronome".
  • Right in Front of Me: Takeshi and Emi have known Kousei for many years and competed with him numerous times, sharing podiums with him, but they never existed to him. Quite literally, he met them for the first time when Kaori made him get back into the competitive circle.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The cynical Only Sane Man while Kaori is a cheerful Genki Girl.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses:
    • His glasses give a scary shine effect in episode 17 when he initially refuses Watari's invitation to visit Kaori together because he doesn't know what he should say to her, or how he should act when he sees her after and that he isn't fond of seeing the two together, possibly due to jealousy.
    • Kousei's glasses shine in an intimidating manner after he decides to go into serious playing mode while he's accompanying Nagi in a four-finger piano duet in episode 18.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Subverted. To Nagi, Kousei is not her sempai; he's her sensei. That is, even though he's almost two years older than her.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Watari's Manly Man. Kousei is a sensitive and emotional pianist and is reserved about his interest in girls and love, while Watari is the captain of the school's soccer team, quite the play-boy and acts much more manly and confident.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: During Nagi's first duet with him, during a school festival Nagi considers important and where she wants to perform flawlessly, Kousei suddenly starts playing louder despite being the bass, a support for Nagi. It is all to corner her into a spot where she's uncomfortable and must progress in order not to fail miserably before the whole school.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Kousei is not particularly book smart, however, he is a Child Prodigy at the piano. Other similarly gifted musicians lack glasses however Kousei was well-known for his abilities at a young age.
  • Stern Teacher: Towards Nagi, though he is always kind to her. This makes her basically unable to antagonize him like she intended to.
  • The Stoic: Played straight at the beginning and played for laughs later on. Takeshi and Emi know Kousei as a deadpan, expressionless mountain to climb (though they both know that he didn't use to be like that when they first met him). In later episodes, they tend to proceed under this same assumption, not realizing that Kousei is nowhere as unapproachable as they think he is.
  • Stoic Spectacles: A level-headed guy with glasses.
  • Straight Man: He's more composed and level-headed than his energetic and wild friends.
  • Talented, but Trained: Deconstructed; seeing his incredible natural affinity for the piano, his mother sought to make a professional out of him... and put him through Training from Hell that made him both an unbeatable pianist and horribly traumatised.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Kousei is the technician, since his mother drilled into him that he must always stick to the score and memorize it inside and out, while Kaori is the performer whose wild and energetic playing greatly deviates from the sheet music.
  • Tempting Fate: Twice. First, in his childhood when he wished that his mother just died already: his mother died shortly after that. Second, when he rejects the similarity between his late mother and Kaori: they become more and more relevant as the show goes on, which finally become true with Kaori's death.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Often eats an egg sandwich. It's also hinted that he likes anything milk related/flavored, particularly "Moo Moo" brand milk.
  • Tranquil Fury: While he's unwaveringly polite to Miike after he insults Kaori at Nagi's school's culture festival, he throws down the gauntlet by telling him that the stage will belong to him and Kaori. He also tells Seto that he's going to play without Kaori (who misses the performance after collapsing again and being hospitalized) because Miike's words pissed him off so much that he's going to show everyone how amazing both he and Kaori are.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Despite the abuse he got from his mother, Kousei's motivation for doing well at piano competitions as a child was to please his mother and make her feel better.
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    Kaori Miyazono 
Voiced by: Risa Taneda (Japanese), Erica Lindbeck (English)
Portrayed by: Suzu Hirose
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"We're all afraid, you know...to get up on stage. Maybe you'll mess up. Maybe they'll totally reject you. Even so, you grit your teeth and get up on stage anyway. Something compels us...moves us to play music."

A free-spirited violinist who had drawn many criticisms from the judge panel due to her unwillingness to follow the score, but is highly favored by her audience. Kaori meets Kousei when she requests Tsubaki to set her up with Watari. Kaori is the one who "brings color back into Kousei's life", eventually convincing him to play the piano again.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Live action film depicts her as brunette.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Tsubaki calls her "Kao-chan".
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: She gives one to Kousei, via her posthumous letter.
  • Animal Motifs: She is frequently compared to a cat.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: In episode 6, Kousei watches Kaori sleeping while she's accompanying him practicing piano in the school's music room. While covering her with his jacket, he mutters that she looks like an angel...as long as she's quiet. Cue to Kaori suddenly making frown expression in her sleep.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Tsubaki's Betty. She's a wild and cheerful musician while Tsubaki is the reliable childhood friend. She also seems to be the Archie to Kousei and Watari's Betty and Veronica, respectively, but it's ultimately revealed that she never had feelings for Watari, and had always loved Kousei.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Kaori plays without worrying about being successful in tournaments or not, and she's kind of an airhead... but that doesn't make her any less amazing at violin.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: It's revealed that she's the little girl sitting next to little Emi when she first hears Kousei playing the piano.
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: Introduced in spring with cherry blossom trees in the background, main love interest, associated with death due to her illness and her ultimate death.
  • Cry Cute: This wild and aggressive girl looks adorable every time she cries, whether the moment is heartwarming or depressing.
  • Cry into Chest: She cries into Kousei's chest in episode 21 under the raining snow because she's afraid to be apart from Kousei in case she doesn't survive the surgery. She doesn't, and that's their final moment together while Kaori's still alive.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Melts whenever she sees a cat.
  • Death of the Hypotenuse: At the end of the series, Tsubaki doesn't have to worry about competing with Kaori for Kousei's heart anymore. However, Tsubaki isn't happy about the fact that this is thanks to her love rival dying and Kousei losing a loved one again.
  • Determinator: Kaori is very determined to be able to do the duet performance with Kousei once again after she's hospitalized due to her growing serious illness, to the point she starts doing walking therapy and takes the high risk surgery, which is sadly fails and ultimately claims her life.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Invoked and subverted, as she is able to hold her tongue before she almost reveals to her friends that she's dying and doesn't have enough time, all while she's scolding Kousei for wasting precious practice time due to him tutoring a middle-schooler.
  • Disappears into Light: Her fate after finishing the long-awaited duet with Kousei in final episode. It's unclear whether the Kaori who was playing alongside Kousei was indeed her spirit before going on to the afterlife or purely Kousei's imagination, but it makes him realize that her surgery failed and that she had passed away.
  • Disease Bleach: From episode 13 onward, her hair become less blonde than before, suggesting her worsened condition.
  • Does Not Like Shoes:
    • Of the youthful innocence variety. Loves playing her violin barefooted, as evidenced by the very deliberate doffing of her heels and tights in her first appearance while she's at a park.
    • Played for Drama in episode 21 when she tries to mimic her old self by slipping off her slippers on a hospital roof while fighting her advanced sickness... as it is snowing in the middle of winter, no less. Cold reality sets in when she collapses and her feet are shown to have gotten beaten up in the harsh weather.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Kaori's introduction, playing the melodica barefoot on a public playground while surrounded by children, quickly shows the readers what kind of musician and character she is, especially compared to Kousei.
  • Flower in Her Hair: She wears a flower hairpin as part of her performance outfit and occasionally as part of her casual outfit.
  • Foreshadowing: At the rooftop, she tearfully pleads for Kousei to be her partner on the piano; though it's played as her being emotional at the moment, her reaction later comes into context when it's revealed that she is dying and only has so much time, so if she didn't succeed at convincing Kousei right then and there, she might have never gotten another opportunity.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The choleric one between main protagonists, as she's very passionate and hot-tempered.
  • Friend to All Children: She gets along very well with kids.
  • Genki Girl: This girl is full of energy.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: She wore glasses before, but after she realized she don't have much time left in her life, she started wearing the contact lenses that she previously feared.
  • Gratuitous English: She loves throwing in random heavily-accented English words into her conversations.
  • Gratuitous German: She uses German words in her conversations sometimes.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blond hair and she's bright and cheerful.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: When a kid at the hospital asks her if Kousei is her boyfriend, Kaori denies it and says he's only a jackass.
  • Heroic Resolve: Her goal: to bring back the genius pianist Kousei Arima back to the world of beauty where he belongs. She basically transforms herself into the love of his life to achieve it.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: She admits in her posthumous letter that she did not want to hurt Tsubaki by coming between her and Kosuei, but her life was on the line and she only had so much time to show him that she loved him too, so she went all in.
  • Ill Girl: Despite being so energetic, it's usually hinted and eventually confirmed that Kaori actually has poor health, such as when she collapses after her performance and when a lot of pills can be seen in her bag. It's explained that Kaori will suffer from loss of motor skills, losing control of her arms and legs, rendering them useless and seizures that can result in heart failure.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Her blue eyes reflect her pure and kind-hearted nature, as well as her lively disposition.
  • Kill the Cutie: She is a sweet and likeable girl, yet due to her illness this is sadly anticipated by Kousei and her family. There is a hope-spot in chapter 37 where she decides to undergo a risky operation that she says will only extend her time just a little because there was a promise she made to perform together again with a boy she met in April. In chapter 41, Kousei goes in for his concert and Kaori goes in for surgery - and it's eventually confirmed that she doesn't make it, when the last chapter shows Kousei receiving Kaori's letter from her parents as he visits her grave.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: She's often seen petting and showing her affection to a cat she comes across.
  • Like You Were Dying: Kaori knows her time is near, which is why she lives her life to the fullest so she has no regrets and people remember her after she's gone.
  • The Lost Lenore: She becomes this for Kousei when she finally succumbs to her illness.
  • Love at First Note: Just like Emi, she has loved and admired Kousei since she first heard him play the piano at his first performance.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: As Kousei explains, Kaori is the one who filled his world with colors. Then it's played for drama very quickly. It's revealed that this was planned by Kaori because as it turns out, just like Takeshi, Nagi, and Emi, Kaori was also moved by Kousei's music and it brought colors into her world and when Kousei stopped playing music, she dropped piano and picked up the violin just to try and help him get back on his feet.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: She keeps giving hints of being interested in Kousei too, then makes it seem like she has a crush on Watari. If anything, there are various hints throughout the story that she's had something for Kousei since before the story began, and that Watari has been trying to hook the two of them up for the entire story while hinting how Kaori actually feels, albeit in a vague, "don't give up hope" kind of way. At the end of the series, she confesses to Kousei in her letter that she was never interested in Watari, Kousei was the one she loved all along, but she had pretended to have a crush on Watari for Tsubaki's sake.
  • Meganekko: Before she realized she wouldn't live for long and started her "change", she sported some glasses which added to her cuteness.
  • Mood-Swinger: Her mood can easily swing from the range of cheerfully laughing to crying and uncontrollably yelling toward Kousei, especially after she's hospitalized, just like his late mother. Sadly, the more Kousei rejects their similarity, the more relevant they are as he lampshade this in episode 16.
    Kousei: "Not like her. Bursting into laughter at the drop of the hat, shrieking hysterically at trivial things, bursting into tears out of the blue, turning so gentle... and giving up of something... Someone close to me was just like that... She's not like her, not like her at all."
  • The Muse: Albeit it's debatable whether this was her ultimate intention (as she does love him back), she ends up becoming this for Kousei to return to his art by making herself his inspiration. She just wanted to be by his side, but she put herself in a position where he found her to be unattainable. She just needed a little more time, dammit!
  • Mutual Envy: Tsubaki is greatly jealous over Kaori gaining Kousei's attention and getting him back on his feet so easily when she couldn't do any of that in years. Near the end of the series, Kaori confesses she's jealous of Tsubaki because she's Kousei's closest friend who knows everything about him and Tsubaki will get to live longer alongside Kousei while Kaori won't.
  • Not So Different: With Tsubaki. It turns out that Kaori also envied Tsubaki because she knows mostly everything about Kousei's life due to their shared childhood. Also, much like Tsubaki, her conversations tend to revolve around Kousei, as Watari points out.
  • Opposites Attract: The optimistic and wild Kaori to the cynical and reserved Kousei.
  • Overwhelming Exception: She is the only musician inspired by Kousei that decided to pursue music, not to compete with him, but rather to play at his side.
  • Reality Ensues: By the end of the series, Kaori's condition has unrelentingly worsened until it finally claims her life. The point is driven further in by the fact that the risk she took by undergoing the surgical procedure didn't pay off, killing her before she could fulfill her promise of playing with him again; in a certain manner, however, she did share the stage with him in spirit.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: To her great dismay, Kaori usually ends up in quite embarrassing fanservice situations such as when the winds blow up her skirt and allow Kousei to see her panties and when Kousei and Watari sneak an accidental peek at Kaori receiving a sponge bath when visiting her at the hospital.
  • Rule of Symbolism:
    • Black cat: In episode 20, Kousei and Watari visits Kaori only to see her health take a sharp turn for the worse. Later, a traumatized Kousei on his way home sees the black cat that Kaori usually played with fatally run over by a car, symbolizing Kaori's ultimately death two episodes later. Another black cat appears at the railroad tracks in the final scene of Episode 22 and disappears behind a passing commuter train symbolizing the loss of Kaori.
    • Handheld fireworks: In episode 12, Kaori's handheld fireworks shuts off prematurely just as she answers Kashiwagi's question with uncertainty about her future, symbolizing that her life wouldn't be so long.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The cheerful Genki Girl to Kousei's cynical Only Sane Man.
  • Secretly Dying: She had suffered from a disease her entire life and it was getting worse with age. At age fourteen she could tell she didn't have much time left anymore. So she aimed to be the cheerful and enthusiastic girl of the boy who inspired her to become a musician. She dies a little under a year after meeting Kousei due to complications in a surgery meant to make her live longer. While at the hospital she tried to downplay her illness as stress-related, even to the point where she didn't want her friends to see her using an IV, but as the anime goes on it becomes obvious it's more serious than she's letting on.
  • Soap Opera Disease: She's been suffering with an unnamed terminal illness since her childhood and it keeps worsening until her teenage years. It later makes it difficult to even move her limbs, and it makes her hair color start to fade from episode 13.
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: She usually uses quotes when making speeches, especially those that are by Charlie Brown.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The accurate spelling would be "Kawori", as the Japanese unusually writes it かをり instead of かおり.
  • Stepford Smiler: She may appear to be happy and cheerful, but eventually it begins to be hinted that at least part of her cheerfulness is an act and she's actually hiding many emotional issues because she suspects she doesn't have much time left.
  • Sweet Tooth: She likes to eat cakes. This is part of her "breakthrough" after she realized she don't have much time left in her life. She started to eat anything she wanted and not minding her weight so she wouldn't have regrets after her death.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Kaori is the performer whose wild and energetic playing greatly deviates from the sheet music, while Kousei is the technician, since his mother drilled into him that he must always stick to the score and memorize it inside and out.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Tsubaki's Tomboy. She plays violin, has long hair and adores cute things, while Tsubaki plays baseball, has short hair and isn't particularly graceful.
  • Tsundere: Type B. She's normally nice and cheerful, but she's still short-tempered and prone to violent mood swings.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Kousei gets markedly offended at her defeatist attitude and the fact that she told him that it would have been better if they never met. His response? He scampers Nagi and together they proverbially throw the piano on top of Kaori, reigniting her drive to waltz with him again. She, out of all people, doesn't have the right to turn tail when she brought him back into the world.
  • Woman in White: Her performance dress always consists of white colored dress as seen in episode 2, episode 4, and also her "imagined" final duet performance with Kousei in episode 22.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: After she saw her parents crying in the hospital waiting room one night, Kaori realized she didn't have much time left in her life, so she decided to live a full and happy life before passing away. Then, she told the titular lie about liking Watari, for the sake of approaching Kousei, the guy that become her reason to become violinist and also to help Kousei overcome his trauma so that he could return to the music world once again and continue his journey as a musician.

    Tsubaki Sawabe 
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura (Japanese), Erica Mendez (English)
Portrayed by: Anna Ishii
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"The scent of the music room in his hair. I can hear his slightly ragged breathing. His shoulder, wet with tears, is so warm. I am by his side. I wish time would just stand still."

Kousei's childhood friend and next-door neighbor. She is athletic and part of the baseball club in school. At first, she thinks of Kousei as a brother, but that changes once Kaori enters the picture.


  • Ambiguous Situation: She argues that she hates music because it has done nothing more than to drive a wedge between her and Kousei, especially considering that she has nothing to contribute in this respect... but she absolutely loves watching him play.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: She gets to have Kousei all for herself in the end, but at the price of an enormous loss for both her and Kousei in the form of Kaori's death. She then swears that she will never, ever leave him alone, nor will she let him crumble down, to which he is receptive.
  • Belated Love Epiphany: While she was experiencing jealousy from Kaori's closeness to Kousei before, Tsubaki remains in denial of her feelings for Kousei until he tells her about his plans to enroll in a music-oriented school, which may cause him to move far away. When faced by the possibility of him going away, Tsubaki finally realizes the reason she has always hated music; it takes Kousei away from her.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Kaori's Veronica. She's the reliable childhood friend while Kaori is the wild and cheerful musician.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Claims to be a big sister figure to Kousei as she always checks up on him and his health. Subverted as it is later revealed that she is very much in love Kousei, but is oblivious to her own feelings.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: She does not approve of Kashiwagi referring to Kaori as Tsubaki's "enemy", because Kaori is no less her friend while being her rival to Kousei's affections. Still, Kashiwagi's intention is to express how much a threat Kaori is to Tsubaki's happiness, which is an awful lot.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She has short hair, which emphasizes her tomboyish personality.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She spends most of the series trying her hardest to deny she has feelings for Kousei and refusing to admit her crush on him even after she notices it. She kinda confesses to Kousei near the end of the series, but he feels too confused to give her an answer. Then Kaori dies, so it will clearly take some time until Kousei can sort out things with Tsubaki. In time things should hopefully work out.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She has a crush on Kousei, whom she has known since they were kids.
  • Childhood Friends: Has been friends with Kousei and Watari since childhood.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She really hates it when Kousei and Kaori are getting along. She also isn't happy about Kousei teaching piano to a cute little girl like Nagi. She even applies to a school close to where he's intending to move, being unwilling to let him get away from her.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Has brown hair and eyes.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She very prone to injure herself whenever someone breaks her train of thought. She even achieves the school's record of triple jump by faceplanting and going full-scorpion into the sand.
  • Everyone Can See It: It appears that everyone, besides Kousei and Tsubaki herself, already know about her romantic feelings for Kousei, contrary to the sisterly love she claims to have. Even Kaori points out posthumously that this is the first thing she noticed regarding Kousei and Tsubaki, and that if Kaori hadn't taken the long route, Tsubaki would have pushed her away immediately.
  • First Girl Wins: She's Kousei's childhood friend and the one to know him the longest out of all his admirers. Kousei's interest is in Kaori throughout the story, but Tsubaki is his right hand. Even Kaori points out that there's no one closer to him and that she envies her for this. With Kaori gone, Tsubaki is left as the one with the most possibility of eventually getting together with Kousei.
  • Friendly Enemy: Kaori is her friend, and a dear one for that matter... but she's taking Kousei away from her. Tsubaki's inner turmoil is what drives most of her plot in the story.
  • Girl Next Door: She's Kousei's next-door neighbor who has been close friends with him and Watari since childhood, plus she's also tomboyish and athletic.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Tsubaki becomes greatly jealous of Kaori's closeness to Kousei and her ability to help him get back on his feet, when Tsubaki could never do anything for him.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: When people ask her if she is in love with Kousei, she denies it and insists he's only like a brother to her. No one is fooled and eventually Tsubaki can't fool herself anymore.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Unfortunately for Tsubaki, even with Kaori out of the picture, it's very unlikely that Kousei will ever think of her as more than a sister figure. However, they may be together in the future once things settle down.
  • Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: She's Kousei's next-door neighbor and she has a crush on him.
  • Love Hurts: Once she begins to realize her feelings for Kousei, she has to deal with the pain of him being in love with someone else and his music career taking him away from her.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Kousei's Feminine Boy. Tsubaki is an athletic tomboy while Kousei is a sensitive boy who plays the piano.
  • Maybe Ever After: At the end of the series, Tsubaki vows to always be by Kousei's side and won't leave him alone even if he tries to get rid of her. While he isn't ready to settle down with her, Kousei doesn't reject her feelings and appreciates the fact that she wants to be there for him, so Tsubaki just might have a chance to get together with him in the future.
  • Oh, Crap!: She gets one when Kousei tells her that he's applying for a high school in a different city because there's no schools with music programs nearby. She bolts away in tears at the revelation.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She's in the baseball club and takes it quite seriously, moreso than her studies.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest: Tsubaki has liked Kousei since childhood, but their relationship has always been sibling-like. She's fine with it until Kousei begins to become closer to Kaori, eventually making her realize the true depth of her feelings for him.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Has a crush on Kousei who is a kind-hearted guy. She also used to have a crush on Saito before Kaori moved into their picture.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Kaori's Girly Girl. She plays baseball, has short hair and is not really graceful, while Kaori plays the violin, has long hair and loves cute things.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's athletic, ungraceful and has short hair. She still has some feminine traits, such as owning a very cute handkerchief, which Kousei notes.
  • Tsundere: She's very quick-tempered and violent and she has great trouble with being honest about her feelings for Kousei.
  • What You Are in the Dark: She doesn't stop visiting Kaori at the hospital but she admits to Kashiwagi that she doesn't want Kousei to visit Kaori, thus revealing just how little she has to fight with, and realizing how petty she has become.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: The boy she loves holds his affections for another girl... and this girl is a gorgeous person in all respects and a dear friend. There's not much she can do that wouldn't seriously screw everything up royally. So yeah, it sucks for her indeed.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade C.

    Ryota Watari 
Voiced by: Ryota Ohsaka (Japanese), Kyle McCarley (English)
Portrayed by: Taishi Nakagawa
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"It's only natural for the girl you're crushing on to be in love with someone else. Since you're in love with her, she sparkles in your eyes. That's why people fall so irrationally in love."

Kousei and Tsubaki's childhood friend who is also the captain of the school's soccer team. He is extremely popular with girls, often adopting a frivolous attitude.


  • Betty and Veronica: He appears to be the Veronica to Kousei's Betty for Kaori's Archie. However, in the final chapter/episode, Kaori reveals in her posthumous letter to Kousei that she lied to Tsubaki about liking him in order to get close to Kousei, whom she was actually in love with. This, as it happens, was the titular "lie in April".
  • The Casanova: He has his own fanclub and a bunch of different girlfriends.
  • Chick Magnet: He's popular with his female classmates.
  • Childhood Friends: Has been friends with Kousei and Tsubaki since childhood.
  • Hidden Depths: He spends the majority of the series as The Casanova and even in her posthumous note, Kaori even thinks Watari will forget about her very quickly, even if they were just friends. However, during that Unreliable Voiceover, he's being broken up with over the fact he was friends with Kaori and still keeps a photo of the two of them together on his phone, showing that he did really care for her as a close friend. There's also a short scene where, despite appearing all smiles after losing the last soccer tournament of his middle school career, he breaks down in tears over the loss when he's alone in the bathroom, suggesting he's not as secure and confident as he seems.
  • Last-Name Basis: Everyone calls him Watari, even his closest friends.
  • Lovable Jock: He's the soccer team captain and is known to be very popular with the girls of his school. He's also a very nice guy and a good friend to have.
  • Nice Guy: Watari is an excellent friend to Kousei, and one of the main reasons Kousei doesn't pursue Kaori is out of respect for Watari.
  • Odd Friendship: With Kousei, the nerdy pianist to his football player. In fact, there's very little he wouldn't do for Kousei.
  • Oh, Crap!: Watari finally gets Kousei in the mood to visit Kaori, only to arrive at the hospital to find her going into a convulsive crisis that lands her in the ICU; that's some awful timing right there...
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Kousei's Sensitive Guy. Watari is the captain of the school's soccer team, quite the play-boy and acts very manly and confident, while Kousei is a sensitive and emotional pianist and is much more reserved about his interest in girls and love.
  • Shipper on Deck: Kousei is convinced that Kaori and Watari are meant to be together, but Watari actually is trying to hook Kaori and Kousei up.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Invoked and subverted. It's eventually revealed that, to him, Kaori is one of the best girls he's ever met and one that he holds close to his heart as a dear friend, even when it was obvious that she liked Kousei and not him. This paints him as a considerably less superficial person than what he shows regularly, making Kaori's opinion of him somewhat wrong and never telling him when she was still alive.

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    Takeshi Aiza 
Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji (Japanese), Erik Kimerer (English)
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"The scenery that I'm looking for, and the sights that you wanted to see... they're different, huh?"

A pianist of the same year as Kousei, who has aimed to surpass him since watching him play at a young age.


  • Anime Hair: He has very pointy, bright blonde hair. His hairstyle looks even more striking compared to the rest of the cast, whose hair colours and styles are more realistic.
  • Chick Magnet: Seems being a top teenage pianist has its benefits, judging from his fangirls.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Nagi's duet with Kousei reignites Takeshi's drive to compete with him, which was only part of her intentions; much to her misfortune, it doesn't seem like she succeeded with him acknowledging her.
  • Einstein Hair: Of the musical prodigy type.
  • Foil: To Emi. They are mutual admirers of Kousei for opposite reasons: while Emi likes the emotional Kousei, Takeshi is a fan of the robotic Kousei. When their idol returns, Takeshi is disillusioned at seeing him pegged down so low, while Emi literally cannot wait for Kousei's next performance. Emi returns to her form when Kousei comes back, while Takeshi lags down at the same time.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Towards Kousei - he even calls him a Superhero flat out on a number of occasions.
  • Hidden Depths: Though he is initially shown as resentful towards Kousei, it's shown that he actually misses him considerably.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • Takeshi and Emi have no idea of how badly life has treated Kousei, though they get a glimpse of how it's affecting him by the way he plays the piano, though unlike Emi, Takeshi admired the whole of Kousei's performances, even the robotic ones.
    • Even when he's surprised at Nagi's performance, he completely neglects to praise her for her efforts by focusing more on his rivalry with Kousei. She doesn't take it very well, but doesn't give up on her brother... now that she has Kousei and Hiroko to back her up.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: It's made rather obvious that Takeshi wants to be Kousei's friend, and it shakes him to the core to see that his own sister succeeded in this where he has repeatedly failed.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: He doesn't take it well when he finds out Nagi is Kousei's student and warns Kousei to not touch his little sister.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing:
    • He takes Nagi's duet with Kousei as a personal affront to himself, not as a sincere effort from her part to reach him. Whatever praises she was expecting from Takeshi, she gets in the end from Kousei, though she is shown to be somewhat fine with that because it does get Takeshi's enthusiasm reignited.
    • During his return performance, he is due to play two pieces. He brings the house down with the first one, completely overshadowing the fact that he's supposed to play another one, which he does with mixed results. Backstage, Emi and Kousei even scold him afterwards for choosing the order wrong.
  • Not So Different: From Miike. They have the exact same reaction to Nagi and Kousei's piano duet; that is, throwing a hissy fit.
  • Overwhelming Exception: He is an excellent pianist, but he is comparatively flat compared to passionate pianists like Emi, Nagi and even Kousei, who ditched his by-the-book style of playing when he met Kaori. To illustrate the point, Kousei is considerably more impressed at Emi's repertoire once he lends his attention towards their pieces. Takeshi's disadvantage comes from his dedication to Kousei's "robotic" period, and never quite got past that.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Emi. They're both almost always together during competitions, but their admiration for Kousei is what ultimately brought the two of them together.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Emi's Red, as underscored by Kousei's brief flash of their playing styles in episode 9.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: After Kousei's return to the competition scene showed that, he was no longer the pianist he once was, Takeshi underwent something of a crisis of confidence that his rival and the person he idolized was no longer the same. And then Kousei performed the duel with Takeshi's little sister and this refueled both Takeshi's animosity and admiration towards Kousei.
  • Shipper on Deck: Possibly for Kousei/Emi. He gets very excited when Emi, after her performance, grabs Kousei by the shirt and gets in his face, thinking she's about to confess her feelings to him. He's also equally disappointed when she decides to let her music speak for itself, and walks away without saying anything.
  • Spoiled Brat: He has overtones of this because of his success in the piano, especially when compared to Emi. This makes him ignore the people around him, most notably his own little sister Nagi. In spite of this, he is not malicious.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: The OVA revealed that when he was a child, he used to follow Kousei home from school and would listen to him practice piano.
  • Unknown Rival: To Kousei, at least before they reunite in the story. Surpassing Kousei is his sole motivation to take part in piano competitions, yet Kousei never noticed him and doesn't recognize him at the reunion. They become Friendly Rivals once Takeshi realizes how much this trope has pushed him to excel. Kousei even sweeps Takeshi's sister from under his nose without any major effort, and she even comes to hold both Takeshi and Kousei in the same regard.

    Emi Igawa 
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Erika Harlacher (English)
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"I want to play the piano like that boy, I want to stand on the same stage as him. That way, I just know... that I'll be able to see what he sees."

A pianist, who just like Takeshi started playing in order to surpass Kousei ever since watching him play at a young age.


  • Aborted Declaration of Love: Takeshi certainly thinks she is about to confess her feelings to Kousei after her performance at his first competition since his two-year Heroic BSoD, but she ultimately decides to say nothing to Kousei and let her music speak for itself.
  • The Ace: She's beautiful, talented, popular, is a skilled pianist, gets excellent grades and can cook. And, if her various awards and pictures during the flashback to when she first saw Kousei play is any indication, she was this Up to Eleven with how many activities she excelled at before setting her passion on the piano.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has black hair, is very pretty, has her own fan club and also mostly composed, at least compared to Takeshi.
  • Animal Motifs: She has a bear motif, as a bear Animal Battle Aura appears whenever she gets angry and competitive.
  • Blatant Lies: She tells her teacher that she doesn't care that Kousei is coming back into competition, that is, while grinning like a little kid.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: She quite literally cannot play well enough if Kousei is not around, but she is shown to be rather irritated at how little attention Kousei lent her and Takeshi in the first place. She makes sure that when Kousei returns, she will be heard.
  • Did You Think I Can't Feel?: She proverbially breaks the keyboard by playing for Kousei for the very first time after he's been absent for years, and her performance is as loving and passionate as it is filled with anger towards him for leaving. When she returns backstage, she chooses not to say anything to him, as she had already said plenty with the piano. In a certain manner, it's her way of welcoming him back.
  • Dude Magnet: She's very popular among the opposite sex and has her own fan club at school.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Towards Kousei.
    Emi: You're the whole reason I'm here, Kousei Arima. Four minutes of my life. Four minutes of him at the keys - that's what made me a pianist.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • In spite of being shown as aloof, Emi is considerably affected by Kousei's absence and her performances declined at the moment he disappeared from the radar... oh, but he came back!
    • She might be unflinching and ferocious when it comes to playing the piano, but she's generally loving, cute and kind under other circumstances. According to her piano tutor, she is quite literally The Heart.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She would have been delighted to be Kousei's friend, but she never had the chance to let him know how grateful she is for receiving the gift of music from him. This mere aspect makes her love him, even though he's barely acknowledged her existence. Takeshi becomes her friend by virtue of being on the same situation.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Takeshi and Emi have no idea of how badly life has treated Kousei, though they get a glimpse of how it's affecting him by the way he plays the piano. Unlike Takeshi, Emi despises the fact that Kousei became robotic in the first place.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Takeshi. They're both almost always together during competitions, but their admiration for Kousei is what ultimately brought the two of them together.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Takeshi's Blue, as underscored by Kousei's brief flash of their styles of play in episode 9.
  • School Idol: She's very popular at her school and has an entire fan club that worships her.
  • Secret Admirer: Played with. She didn't precisely make it a secret, but Kousei did ignore her completely. Thing is, he has no clue that this girl both admires him and loves him, and never stopped.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She comes off as cold and aloof, but she has very emotional and caring side reserved to Kousei.
  • Tears of Joy: She was moved to tears by Kousei's first performance, which inspired her to become a pianist.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Uniquely, she despises Kousei abandoning the latter in favor of the former, as his first performance brought her to tears, leaving her heartbroken when he became "The Human Metronome".
  • Unknown Rival: To Kousei when they were kids. Surpassing Kousei is her sole motivation to take part in piano competitions, yet Kousei never noticed her and doesn't recognize her at the reunion.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: She's described to have "affectionate eyes of an angel".
  • What You Are in the Dark: She might be determined and unflinching, but when it comes to Kousei, she's a dying fangirl.
  • Woman Scorned: She wanted to be close to Kousei, but she started to approach him at the very worst time possible during his mother's illness. She wasn't given an opening, so she wasn't able. Though it makes her angry, it makes her more sad to not even exist to him until she makes a point to make her presence felt when he finally returns.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: Her teacher busts her out trying to sneak into Kousei's performance while wearing a hoodie and a surgical mask. It's kinda hard to get past the mentor that knows you since you were little, though.

    Saki Arima 
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)
Portrayed by: Rei Dan
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"I wish I could've stayed with him longer... will my treasure... ever find happiness?"

Kousei's deceased mother and the one who taught him how to play the piano. She was very strict, demanding Kousei to play the piano to perfection. Her abuse and her death left Kousei with deep emotional scars that prevent him from playing the piano.


  • Abusive Parent: Not only was she strict when it came to Kousei learning new pieces on the piano, but she would also hit him or forbid him from going to bed whenever he made mistakes.
  • Adult Fear: She despairs at the prospect of leaving her little boy completely alone in the world, leading her to resort to extreme and morally questionable methods to make sure that he's not left without a resource to survive in the world; though she succeeded in the long run, her son was emotionally crippled for years on end after her death as a result.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: After another violent lashing out at her son in public, Kousei finally snaps and tells her he wishes she would die already. Hiroko in turn lambasts her for her abuse, leaving her in tears.
  • Cry Cute: The first time we realize she really did love her son is when she broke down in tears after Kousei finally called her out on her abuse and wished her to die, which made Saki realize she went too far.
  • Death by Despair: She passed while under the impression that she made her son hate her, lamenting everything she did to him.
  • Death by Origin Story: Her death caused Kousei to lose his piano-playing abilities by the beginning of the story.
  • Despair Speech: Saki laments to Hiroko that she knows that she will never see her son again and wants to help Kousei have a bright future.
  • Determinator: She teaches Kousei everything he knows about the piano, even if she has a terminal illness, given that time is running out for her to help him survive in the world.
  • Do You Think I Can't Feel: Both subjected to and rebuffed. After one particularly vicious tirade at Kousei, he snarled back how much he'd tried to please her and now could only wish she'd die already. A disgusted Hiroko in turn angrily questions how she could put Kousei through such torture, at which point Saki tearfully snaps back. Of course she knows how low she's sunk. She just doesn't see any other way to ensure he has a livelihood without her.
  • The Faceless: We don't get to see her face at first, even when shown from a first-person perspective, until episode 13 where we're given more insight on her character and past.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her determination to teach Kousei how to play the piano leads to her abusing him for even the slightest mistake. Then, Kousei and Hiroko both called her out for what she did to her son. Despite regretting what she's done, it was too late. The guilt-ridden look on her face says it all.
  • Freudian Excuse: The reasons behind her abusive treatment of Kousei are later revealed: she really loved him, but her illness made her push him too hard. She was scared at the prospect of leaving him alone in the world with no source of income, so she pushed him harder and harder in order to be sure that he would be able to earn a good living as a musician. When Hiroko calls her out on her overly harsh treatment of her son, Saki reveals that she is deeply panicked because she knows she's running out of time to teach him all she feels she must in order to secure his future.
  • Good Parents: Later flashbacks prior to her illness (and at the beginning of it) showed that she was a gentle and loving mother before her condition got too severe.
  • Missing Mom: She died a few years before the start of the series.
  • Mood-Swinger: Kousei says her mood could change from caring and gentle to short-tempered and violent to sad and depressed at the drop of a hat. This is one of the reasons he begins to realize she and Kaori are very similar.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Saki gets distraught when her desperate attempts to train Kousei as a pianist leads to both him and Hiroko snapping at her.
  • Posthumous Character: She's dead by the start of the series. Kousei coming to terms with his painful memories of her is an important part of the plot.
  • Stage Mom: Saki wanted Kousei to become famous and perform in Europe in her place, since her illness prevented her from traveling. She demanded him to play the piano to perfection and made him practice for hours, often beating him up for small mistakes. As it turns out, she actually wanted him to become successful so that he could live on his own when she was gone.
  • Tough Love: It turns out her abusive treatment of Kousei was the result of an extreme, misguided version of this. She almost destroyed her son drilling him in the piano so that he could have a future without her. It's understandable why she did it, but it was an insanely cruel thing to do to a young boy. Kousei's parting words to her wished her dead once and for all, just to illustrate the point.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: She often abused her own son in her efforts to teach him the piano. It only makes Kousei tell her that she would just die.
  • Troubled Abuser: She may have emotionally and physically abused her son, leaving him severe emotional scars, but it's eventually revealed she had issues of her own. Her illness was what made her into an abuser. She pushed Kousei so hard because she was scared that he couldn't make a living of his own when she was gone.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: In episode 13, we get a look at the situation from Hiroko's point of view and despite the numerous instances of abuse she put Kousei through, Saki loved Kousei and only wanted to make sure that Kousei would be able to move on after she was gone. Her last moments in the hospital were spent lamenting that she wasn't a better mother to him and that she hoped that "her treasure would find happiness."
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She takes extreme measures to teach Kousei how to play the piano. Unfortunately, it doesn't excuse or justify her abusive treatment of him, and results in Kousei pushing her away.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: She realized she didn't have much time left in her life due to her illness. Because of that she taught Kousei as much as she could about how to play piano accurately according to the music score, giving him the nickname "Human Metronome". She did this with the hope that Kousei would be able to make an income and have a decent life with his piano playing after she was dead. Her plan backfires horribly after Kousei gets fed up with her abuse and harsh critique. She died shortly afterwards, leaving Kousei dealing with trauma that made him unable to hear his own piano playing at the start of the series.

    Hiroko Seto 
Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (Japanese), Carrie Keranen (English)
Portrayed by: Yuka Itaya
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"We're all connected. Just like the notes are intermittently connected. It's shared by us all. Through music, with the people you know, with the people you don't know, with all the people in this world."

A nationally famous pianist and Saki's friend during college days. She is starts to tutor Kōsei in his return to piano after she reunites with him.


  • The Ace: She is considered one of the best pianists in Japan, if not the very best.
  • The Atoner: As noted below, she blames herself for many of Kousei's troubles, so she tries to help him out where she can.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: She was coaching another student before Kousei came into the fold, and by the looks of it, they didn't do particularly well. Afterwards, Kousei, and later Nagi, apparently become her only students.
  • Déjà Vu: She finds Nagi crouched in the bathroom weeping inconsolably because she is afraid of failing at her presentation at the school festival; this painfully reminds Hiroko of having found Kousei crumbling down years before, and of how it's happening all over again.
  • Didn't See That Coming: She expresses that she seriously didn't consider the possibility of Kousei returning to play the piano, especially having witnessed what happened to him firsthand.
  • Informed Ability: For all the recognition she is given in-story, we barely see her play the piano.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Played with. She is shown to have had fights with her husband when Kousei was little, and in the present time, she lives alone and raises little Koharu on her own, all while acting as Kousei's mother figure. Still, she expresses that she has considerably struggled with Kousei's depression and coming extremely close to her wit's end.
  • Like a Son to Me: She refers to Kousei as her son and has been so ever since he was a kid.
  • The Mentor: For Kousei and Nagi, for whom she is very fond of. She even turns Kousei into Nagi's mentor so that he can experience what she herself had with Kousei.
  • My Greatest Failure: She deeply regrets that she unwittingly brought Kousei into a world of pain and abuse by making Saki aware that the child could play the piano, so she does everything in her power to show him love and kindness.
  • Parental Substitute: Despite having a daughter of her own, she looks after Kousei as she has since he was born and even refers to him as her and Saki's son.
  • Sensei-chan: Invoked, although she might be in her mid-late 30's. According to Watari, she's quite the looker for a person that is roughly Saki's age. She also looks spry and young.
  • Smoky Voice: Played With, While never shown to actually smoke, Seto is referenced to be a smoker by a few characters, and she has a rather deep voice.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Hiroko was the one who convinced Saki to make Kousei into a pianist after seeing his great talent. After Saki became sick, she became a lot more demanding and abusive towards Kousei, eventually damaging their relationship beyond repair and leaving Kousei with deep emotional scars. Hiroko always blamed herself for Kousei's problems because of it.
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    Nao Kashiwagi 
Voiced by: Shizuka Ishigami (Japanese), Julie Ann Taylor (English)
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"I don't think it has to be anything special. It's all right to be just yourself, I bet. At times like these, you don't listen to your head, you listen to your heart."

A friend of Tsubaki's. She believes Tsubaki should be more honest with her feelings for Kousei, and frequently gives her advice towards this end.


  • Brutal Honesty: She is not shy in alphabetizing what Tsubaki is doing wrong regarding her relationship with Kousei, making Tsubaki unable to lie to her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She shows little expression but still has her snark moments, especially when she becomes exasperated with Tsubaki.
  • The Drag-Along: She sometimes accompanies Tsubaki to Kousei's performances; unlike the rest of the characters, she is shown not to be quite moved by music. She also sometimes tags along when Watari and Tsubaki go visit Kaori at the hospital, though mainly to support Tsubaki.
  • Last-Name Basis: Her first name wasn't given until the manga's final chapter.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Her lips are more pouty compared to the rest of the cast.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced without fanfare in the second half of the series, having been entirely absent from the first.
  • Satellite Character: Her character is nearly entirely defined by being Tsubaki's friend who tries to help her realize and accept her feelings for Kousei.
  • Shipper on Deck: Is supportive of TsubakixKousei.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Kashiwagi is noticeably calm and even-headed, and she always tries to give Tsubaki sound advice, wishing for her friend to be honest with herself and her innermost feelings. Tsubaki even commends her in her relationship savviness. In the end, it's shown that she does have her quirks (see Yaoi Fangirl).
  • Yaoi Fangirl: In the anime final episode, Tsubaki asks how is Kashiwagi so versed in romance, and she reveals that her knowledge comes from her collection of BL doujinshi. In the manga, however, this is revealed to the reader through a gag strip where Kashiwagi fantasizes a gay relationship between Watari and Kousei.
  • Youthful Freckles: She's a young teen who sports some freckles.

    Nagi Aiza 
Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)
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"Were you driven into a corner, too? Are you afraid, too? The same way... as I am?"

Takeshi's little sister who pretends to ask for tuition from Hiroko in order to scout his brother's rival, Kousei. She ends up being Kousei's student.


  • Animal Motifs: Just like Kaori is associated with cats, Nagi is associated to kittens. Even her first appearance happens at the very same time Kousei encounters a kitten in the street.
  • The Apprentice: She asks Hiroko to become her teacher, but Hiroko herself makes Kousei teach her. Though she is initially reluctant, she ends up shedding all the apprehensions she had against him, and even begins calling him "Sensei".
  • Big Brother Worship: She adores her big brother, to the point where her brother's girlfriend calls her a "brocon".
  • Bratty Half-Pint: At first, she comes off as a bratty little girl, but she gets better thanks to Character Development.
  • Catchphrase: "What a cliché."
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: The reason why she's hostile towards Kousei at first was because she was jealous that he stole her brother's attention away from her.
  • Cry Cute: The effort she is making for her school festival presentation starts bearing her down to the point of tears, though she is more anguished at the fact that she cannot rely on her brother and that if she doesn't succeed, he will just leave her behind altogether. She then starts realizing that she has both Hiroko and Kousei supporting her, and that whatever she's not getting from Takeshi, she's getting from them in droves.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: Nagi tells her friends that she dumped her boyfriend because she didn't like his type, meaning, bespectacled and nerdy; however, it's implied by her description of the boy that he somewhat resembles Kousei, and that she broke up with the boy because she is actively trying to antagonize Kousei himself in an effort to dislike him. This also happens to apply to Miike, who fits the description too.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: She won't hesitate to play the cute card to get what she wants. It helps that she's cute even when it's not deliberate.
  • Didn't See That Coming: At the eve of her performance, she still hadn't grasped just what Kousei brought in her as a pianist. During their duet, Kousei forces it out of her by strong-arming her, making Nagi shine in a cornucopia of melody and turning her into the shining star of the presentation. Even Hiroko happily reproaches Kousei on how blunt he was towards Nagi. In the manga, she even tells Kousei at the stage that no one had even hinted at her just how exhilarating the sight of a standing ovation would be at the moment she played her heart out for the first time.
  • Dude Magnet: She is a highly coveted item for the boys in her school, and that's even before she showed her chops at the piano; after that, she's basically the freakin' queen of her school.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair in pigtails which emphasizes her young age compared to the rest of the cast who are already quite young themselves.
  • Hair Decorations: A pair of cute bear-shaped hair ties.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's young, quite naïve and cute. Once you get to know her better, she's also a really nice girl.
  • Hero-Worshipper: She comes to greatly appreciate Kousei after he gains her respect and admiration. She begins taking her piano lessons more seriously in an effort to emulate him, when she initially took on the piano just to get her brother's attention.
  • Human All Along: Invoked. During their duet, Nagi starts realizing that Kousei is no steel-hearted robot like Takeshi described him, and how dear he has become to her as her mentor and as her friend.
  • Insistent Terminology: She always refers to Kousei as "Arima-sensei" ("Mr. Arima" in the dub) and she almost gets in a fight with Miike for not using the "proper" honorifics when referring to him; Miike finds it weird because Kousei is only about two years older than Nagi. Thing is, Kousei is indeed her piano teacher, and a damn good one at it to boot.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Oh, baby! The stuff that is said about her duet with Kousei and what she tells Takeshi regarding their liaison is not very well worded. This leaves very little wonder as to how Takeshi took it as an affront towards him from Kousei instead of the sincere pleads from Nagi.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Kousei comes to fill the hole that Takeshi didn't realize he left behind in Nagi, and they develop this kind of relationship. In terms of both respect and love, she ends up placing Kousei at the same level as Takeshi, though Takeshi is still her "Hero" and Kousei is her "Master".
  • Not So Above It All: By the end, she has nothing but respect and love for Kousei, when her initial intention was to foil him.
  • Not So Different:
    • Just like Takeshi and Miike, Nagi is initially a stickler for following the music sheet to the point, though her contact with Kousei changed this view on her completely.
    • Nagi states that she is in a very similar situation to Kousei's: they are Locked Out of the Loop in terms of people they care about, and the prospect of playing the piano bears on them both, while noticing that Kousei is trembling nervously moments before they go on stage.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: She thinks that her brother is going through considerable pain because of Kousei and she approaches the latter to exact punishment for the slight; she comes to realize that the admiration Takeshi has for Kousei is not baseless by any means, as she begins admiring Kousei herself.
  • Not What I Signed on For: She picked up the piano to get Takeshi's attention, but it was Kousei who turned her into a pianist. During their duet, she starts admitting to herself that her dream was too small for the apex Kousei made her reach, albeit good enough for the time being. Though she originally had not intended to continue her lessons with Hiroko and Kousei after the school festival, she starts attending out of her own volition.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Kousei picks up the pace during their duet, her inner monologue goes ballistic, until she answers with the same coin:
    Nagi: (thinking) "What are you doing? What are you thinking? You're supposed to be supporting me... So why are you dumping all this pressure on me? Liar! Fraud! Moron! This is totally different from the way we practiced! Both the rhythm and this aching sense of atmosphere... Every last thing! This is Kousei Arima, pianist! [...] Bring it!"
  • Oblivious to Love: There are strong hints that another musician her age, Toshiya Miike, has a crush on her, but she thinks he's just a brat.
  • Overwhelming Exception: She comes into Kousei's life when he's at a higher point than anything he's experienced in years, so she gets the very best of him and reaps the fruits of his kindness, his friendship and his mentoring. This is much unlike Takeshi, Emi and Miike, who are Locked Out of the Loop.
  • Performance Anxiety: She's shown having trouble with her nerves before her school performance with Kousei. He manages to calm her down.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Played with. Nagi comes into the tutorship of Hiroko and Kousei to foil the latter, so she neglects telling Kousei her name correctly (she calls herself Nagi Aizato). Hiroko is aware that Nagi is Takeshi's little sister, so she plays along. The funny thing is, Kousei doesn't even remember Takeshi's name in the first place, so it's very unlikely that he would have put two and two together even if Nagi had told him her name correctly. This doesn't come as a big surprise to Kousei, who doesn't quite care that much, which enrages Takeshi even more against him.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Kousei's friends jokingly assume this of her when they first learn that he's coaching a girl, hinting that he's trying to replace Kaori, though it's fair to mention that Kousei indeed uses his performance with Nagi to drag Kaori out of her funk.
  • Respected by the Respected: Being praised for your performance by both of your teachers would leave you in tears too, especially considering that one is a child piano prodigy, and the other is the best pianist in Japan.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Invoked. The change of pace Kousei throws at Nagi during their duet is not actually aimed at her; it's aimed at Kaori, who is listening at the performance through cell phone. Nagi answers him with equal thunder, though, as it serves as a cue for her to pick up the challenge. Kaori gets the message, though.
  • Shout-Out: Nagi is a fan of The Phantom of the Opera and likes to quote the dialogue and allude to the characters when she's referring to herself.
  • So Proud of You: Dejected by her brother's lack of feedback towards her performance, Nagi breaks down in tears when she hears words of praise from Kousei, considering that this is what she was expecting of her brother. Needless to say, this earns Kousei a place in her heart.
  • Tears of Joy: After she brings down the house at the school festival, she cannot contain her tears of happiness with the audience's roar. Then, she breaks down in tears backstage when Kousei praises her performance, though she is also frustrated at the fact that her brother had nothing of worth to add.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She was a notable pianist for her age threshold when she requests Hiroko's tutorship, having won multiple awards, but she was nowhere near the level that Kousei rose her to with his personal tutoring.
  • Undying Loyalty: Initially to her brother, until Kousei barges into her heart. She'll even come to the defense of her "master's" honor.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She berates her brother for talking smack about Kousei, getting further offended at the fact that Takeshi didn't even mention her at all.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
    • It's repeatedly shown that Nagi is trying to be malicious towards Kousei and to foil him, but she's awful at it because it's just not in her nature. It doesn't help that Hiroko finds her out rather easily.
    • During their duet, Kousei lets Nagi know, without uttering a single word, the kind of pianist that she is. He pushed her into the void... and she soared. This leaves Nagi eternally grateful to him.

    Toshiya Miike 
Voiced by: Yuka Terasaki (Japanese), Amanda Céline Miller (English)
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"Oh, amateurs! The greatest pianist of all has yet to play, you know."

A classmate of Nagi's, Miike actually placed first in the Violin Competition that Kaori participated in and requested Kousei to be her accompanist. Another child prodigy, Miike is a methodical violinist who initially believes in sticking strictly to the composition sheet, until he listens to Kousei playing off the cuff.


  • Adorkable: Ends up going into a jealous fit when he learns that not only did Nagi get to perform a duet with his idol Kousei, but she also has his contact info in her phone.
  • Child Prodigy: Gifted in the Violin, and actually placed first in the competition that Kaori was competing in.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Another one towards Kousei. Listening to Kousei play with passion inspired himself to also start playing similarly.
  • Hidden Depths: Though he is markedly standoffish, Miike is very passionate and harbors a great deal of respect for his craft, which makes him collide with Kousei and Kaori, who show him that enjoying the music is just as important; still, like Nagi, he's too young and inexperienced to express his feelings outright.
  • Insufferable Genius: Initially, Miike held the belief that the only way to properly play music is by following the composition and even talked poorly of Kaori for ad-libbing. Listening to Kousei play changed his sentiment.
  • It's Personal: He seems completely offended at all aspects of the musical relationship between Kousei and Nagi, especially considering that he's his hero, and she might be the girl he likes; he lost both to each other and he didn't even get to make a first step.
  • Mama's Boy: Miike's "most important person" that he wants his music to reach out to is his mother.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: When he confronts Nagi, one might initially think that he would ask her to form a violin-piano duet with her, but his nature pops out and leads him to rant enviously against her relationship with Kousei.
  • Not So Different:
    • From Takeshi and Emi, as at some point in their lives, the three of them even start sneaking into Kousei's performances just for the sake of hearing him play. He even has the exact same reaction as Takeshi when he learns about Nagi's friendship with Kousei, and attends his performances incognito just like Emi did.
    • From Kousei, who is shown to have began playing music for his own mother too.
  • Unknown Rival:
    • Mutually with Nagi. He didn't quite expect Nagi to be that good a musician or for her to nab Kousei, his idol, from under his nose. She argues that he had never even uttered a single word to her before her duet with Kousei.
    • To Kaori. He doesn't approve of her liberal way of playing the violin and is highly critical of her, while it's shown that Kaori doesn't quite care about "competing" in the first place.

Other Characters

    Other Characters 

Yuriko Ochiai

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Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese), Dorothy Elias Fahn (English)

Ms. Ochiai is Emi's piano instructor. A doting, nurturing teacher, she is noted to have a rivalry with Mr. Takaniyagi, Takeshi's instructor.


  • Berserk Button: Takaniyagi is very fond of pushing her buttons, often throwing jabs about her age and her ability to teach piano.
  • Last Lousy Point: She tutors Emi to the best of her capacity, but even she recognizes that the girl's motivation started to take a dive when Kousei Arima retired, leaving them without Emi's peer and rival and causing the pupil to have difficulty ranking in competition. Ms. Ochiai is also annoyed that she has to admit this aspect to Mr. Takaniyagi, out of all people.
  • Like a Son to Me: She's as influential to Emi as her own mother. Emi is her pride and joy.
  • The Mentor: To Emi, for whom she cares very deeply.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Most of her interactions with Takaniyagi entail this and little else.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: Played for laughs. She can recognize Emi even if the girl is covering her whole body to sneak in Kousei's performance incognito. She's that close and familiar with the girl.

Akira Takaniyagi

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Voiced by: Takanori Ohyama (Japanese), Michael Sinterniklaas (English)

Mr. Takaniyagi is Takeshi's piano instructor. He is noted for being shallow, petty and ambitious.


  • Driven by Envy: He likes to throw barbs at Ms. Ochiai and Emi because he is well aware that Emi is a fundamentally better pianist than Takeshi.
  • Foil: To Ms. Ochiai and Hiroko. He is not doting towards Takeshi like the two ladies are towards their students, and he's noticeably absent when Takeshi is emotionally in the dumps. He is also not given to praise his rivals' performances.
  • It's All About Me: All the praise he gives Takeshi has overtones of being directed at himself.
  • Jerkass: Though he is a very dedicated instructor to Takeshi, he has no words of praise for any other pianist. He has a dire reputation in the competitive circle because of this.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He is an excellent piano teacher and he knows his trade to the point, making his attitude understandable, yet not particularly admirable.
  • Meganekko: He always uses glasses.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: His conversations with Ochiai mostly consist of this.
  • Smug Snake: He is certainly fond of patting his own back and throwing jabs at Ms. Ochiai and Emi
  • Stealth Insult: About every conversation that he has with Ms. Ochiai consists of these.

Koharu Seto

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Voiced by: Inori Minase (Japanese), Cristina Valenzuela (English)

Koharu is the daughter of Hiroko Seto. She is around 5 years old when she's first introduced.


  • Cheerful Child: Her defining feature. She is always smiling.
  • The Cutie: She's an adorable little girl.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Koharu is the closest thing Kousei and Nagi have to a little sister.
  • Nice Girl: She thoroughly enjoys the piano and is very fond of Kousei and Nagi, her mom's students. She even offers consolation to Nagi when she cries.
  • Parrot Exposition: She likes to repeat what her mother says verbatim.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She is one of the reasons Nagi warms up and becomes more appreciative of Hiroko and Kousei.

Takahiko Arima

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Takahiko is Kousei's largely absent father and Saki's widowed husband.
  • Bit Character: If anything, he serves to illustrate how lonely Kousei is.
  • The Ghost: He is barely mentioned in the series, while only making an appearance in the OVA.
  • Hands-Off Parenting: He is shown to have close to negligible contact with his son, only giving his OK for Kousei to move to a different prefecture to attend a high school with a music program.
  • Invisible Parents: By virtue of constantly being on business trips. He is Kousei's provider, but for all other intents and purposes, Kousei lives alone. If Kousei didn't have Tsubaki, Watari, or Hiroko, he'd be completely on his own. He is also conspicuously absent from his wife's illness and eventual passing.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Physically, he's basically a grown-up version of Kousei.

Yoshiyuki and Ryouko Miyazono

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Yoshiyuki voiced by: Toru Okawa (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)
Ryouko voiced by: Naomi Shindo (Japanese), Rachael Lillis (English)

Kaori's parents, who are the owners and runners of a bakery. They are friends of Kousei through Kaori, and also because he's a regular customer


  • Adult Fear: Their beloved daughter has had a lifelong disease, and succumbs to it on her mid-teens.
  • Best Friends-in-Law: Played with. They are both fans of Kousei's music just like Kaori, and they do not hesitate to treat him with pastries every time he visits the bakery. The only aspect keeping the trope from being used straight is that Kaori and Kousei are not an item.
  • Call-Forward: In the OVA, Mr. Miyazono runs into a young Takeshi, who is lost while in pursuit of Kousei. At the time, he was days away from opening the bakery for business.
  • Good Parents: They dote Kaori and are thoroughly dedicated parents. They even name their bakery "Ma Fille" (French for "My Daughter").
  • Lying to Protect Your Feelings: Played with. It's shown that they are somewhat aware of what Kaori wished to do with Kousei, and they both played along with it, doting both kids to the best of their capacity.
  • Sweet Tooth: They own and run a bakery.

Saitou

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Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese), Robbie Daymond (English)

Saitou is an upperclassman of Tsubaki, Kousei and Kaori, who is now attending high school. He is Tsubaki's object of affection (initially).


  • Didn't See That Coming: He breaks up with Tsubaki because all she does is talk about Kousei. She immediately begins apologizing to him, and surprised he points out in response that under normal circumstances, he should be the apologizing party because he's the one breaking her heart by dumping her. They amicably break up, though.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: He breaks up with Tsubaki by claiming he fell in love with someone else even though it's obviously because she doesn't stop talking about Kousei. They both still clearly know what this is about though, and she breaks down and apologizes.
  • Lovable Jock: He is the charismatic former captain of the school's softball team, though now he attends high school.
  • Nice Guy: He pursues Tsubaki and starts their relationship with the whole intention of being with her, but he becomes understandably bored of talking about Kousei with her. He even consoles her when she starts crying, asking for his forgiveness.
  • Romantic False Lead: Tsubaki thinks that she's in love with him; though she admires him and they are good friends, they both come to realize that this is not the case. As such, Saitou breaks up with her, though she asks for forgiveness for her not being fair with him.

Satsuki and Komugi

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Komugi voiced by: Ari Ozawa (Japanese)
Satsuki voiced by: Rina Dendou (Japanese), Sarah Williams (English)

Satsuki and Komugi are Nagi's classmates and best friends. At school, Komugi plays the xylophone, while Satsuki's instrument of choice is not revealed.


  • Cheerful Child: Both are supportive of Nagi, but Satsuki in particular has the biggest grin in the cast when she's attently listening to Nagi's performance.
  • Cry Cute: They are moved to tears by Nagi's performance and they don't hesitate in congratulating her backstage.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: When they tearfully run to congratulate Nagi, they can barely string two words together between the two of them out of the sheer emotion for her performance.
  • Nice Girl: They are very caring and supportive of Nagi.
  • Not So Different: They are both musically instructed at school, so they are well aware and awed at the strides that Nagi makes while playing live on stage. Satsuki even points out weeks before at school that she's starting to notice that Nagi is getting better at the piano.
  • Satellite Character: They both gravitate around Nagi.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Satsuki has very large and striking brown eyes.

Alternative Title(s): Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso

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