Yugami doesn't have any friends, but his series does have a character sheet. Here's the cast of Yugami-kun ni wa Tomodachi ga Inai.
Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama (CM, drama CD)
- I have absolutely no need to waste my brain capacity on past human relations in regret, because I'm a person who doesn't need something like friends!
The main character and ace of the Kamihoshi baseball team, he is the first person Chihiro meets when she transfers into Kamihoshi. He tends to do things at his own pace, always marching to the beat of his own drum. He is notoriously known as a troublesome weirdo amongst not only his baseball club teammates, but also his classmates and this causes him to be isolated by his peers. However, being alone doesn't faze Yugami at all, and he claims he doesn't need friends. His birthday is October 17th.
- The Ace: He studies properly, gets good grades, seems to be able to do just about anything without help from others, and to top it all off, is also the baseball team's ace. This is noted by players from Amagi, who comment that Yugami is a great pitcher, but the rest of the team is pretty weak.
- All of the Other Reindeer: In 4th grade, he refused to eat his lunch in the standard triangle formation and his classmate Uchiyamada would constantly harp on him for it, eventually turning their classmates and even the teacher against him. Even now, his classmates try not to associate with him because they can't stand him.
- Alliterative Name: It runs in his family too. His sister is named Yuuko.
- Berserk Button: When things don't go according to plan or schedule, he gets visibly annoyed.
- Broken Pedestal: He becomes one for Fujisawa after their date as she realizes he's nothing like the kindhearted, wonderful boy she'd imagined. Becomes a Rebuilt Pedestal later when she admits to herself that she's glad she met him because she found a best friend in Chihiro in the process and she's come to find his honest, earnest confidence admirable.
- Brutal Honesty: Part of the crux of his character and one of the reasons why he's socially isolated by his peers.
- Character Tics: He has many.
- He snaps his fingers whenever he has some sort of revelation.
- There's also his foot tapping when he gets impatient.
- Tends to spin his pen or pencil when he's deep in thought.
- Mumbles to himself a lot as well.
- Cheerful Child: Flashbacks depict him as a happy kid, smiling and laughing a lot with big, bright eyes. He still had many of the same quirks he does now though.
- Comically Missing the Point: Happens a lot. Most notably in Chapter 2:Chihiro: Don't tell me you skipped fourth period and went to the cafeteria on purpose, only to say this line!Yugami: Yeah! I was first in line, so I could buy the bread easily!Chihiro: (Th-That's not what I meant to ask...)
- Condescending Compassion: Yugami believes Chihiro needs friends because girls can't do anything without them, so he gives her advice on how to make them, but at the same time proudly proclaims that he doesn't need friends because he can accomplish just about anything on his own.
- Debt Detester: Shows hints of this. He makes a point of returning a favor to Chihiro when she helps him out and he follows through on his word in the next chapter.
- Determinator: When he sets a goal, he works his hardest to achieve it.
- Determined Expression: Hayashiyama doubts Yugami's conviction to win in baseball, but when Yugami shows this kind of face, he takes back the thought.
- Establishing Character Moment: Chapter 1 is pretty much a goldmine for these, but the moment has to be his declaration about how he doesn't need friends.
- Fanboy: A very big one of Heihachi, a rakugo performer. It was one of his big goals to become the subject of one of Heihachi's stories—and by chance, he got that wish fulfilled.
- Friendless Background: Played with. Yugami himself doesn't seem to believe he's ever had friends and is proud of this. Certain flashbacks corroborate this as well, thus playing the trope straight. However, Hayashiyama is also shown to have been particularly kind to Yugami, even considering him to be a friend, but this camaraderie was evidently lost on Yugami.
- Friendship Denial: This is Yugami we're talking about. Chihiro's mother assumes he's friends with Chihiro, but Yugami quickly refutes this, saying that he just sits next to her in class. In the final three chapters, his continuing to say this after spending more time with Chihiro makes the girl snap and leave in frustration, especially since she didn't start to have real friends until she met Yugami. The very last chapter heavily implies if not outright states that he thinks this way because Chihiro was never his friend—she was a girl he liked.
- Generation Xerox: Noted by his family to be exactly like his grandfather in both looks and behaviour.
- Hates Being Alone: Averted. He doesn't care that he's isolated by his peers and is very optimistic, only focusing on enjoying his life.
- Hey, You!: Never calls Chihiro by name. Except for the first chapter where he calls her "transfer student" a grand total of one time, he uses "you"note every other time. However, he calls Kadota and Kuzumi by their surnames.
- Surprisingly averted in chapter 38 when he calls her "Watanuki-san" despite not using honorifics with anybody in the same year as him. Chihiro even lampshades it by saying it's the first time he's ever called her directly by name.
- Honest Advisor: Offers Chihiro advice on how to make friends, but only after telling her what she's doing wrong with relentless honesty.
- Honor Before Reason: Inverted. Kadota tells Yugami to trust the team but Yugami is adamant that they're unreliable and instead chooses to strike out all the batters on Amagi despite this being more taxing on his body because he wants to win.
- I Can Still Fight!: In chapter 11, he has to be forcibly dragged off the field due to a leg injury. He insists he can still pitch despite barely being able to stand. His teammates literally throw him onto the stretcher. One of them even whacks him for trying to stay on the field.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Averted. He's perfectly happy without friends.
- Ineffectual Loner: Also averted. He's extremely self-sufficient.
- Informed Loner: Played with. In flashbacks, it's shown that Hayashiyama treated him really well and thought of him as a friend, but Yugami doesn't believe he's ever had friends, to the point that he forgot about Hayashiyama entirely. Similarly, Yugami doesn't think of Kadota as a friend (and neither does Kadota), but that didn't stop him from relying on Kadota to reject Fujisawa for him.
- Innocently Insensitive: He's so straightforward that he always ends up saying exactly what's on his mind, much to the detriment of others; this is why others perceive him to be a Jerkass. He's not a bad guy, though, and can be nice in his own odd way.
- Jerkass: His classmates and baseball club teammates don't like talking to him because they see him as this.
- Jerkass Has a Point: A lot of the things he says can come off as uncaring and selfish, but are often the results of logical assessments.
- He says the chances of the baseball team winning largely depend on how well he pitches, and he follows up by saying that this is true for every 9 out of 10 teams. Naturally, his classmates think he's being a bragging Jerkass. Flash forward a few chapters, and Yugami suffers an injury that keeps him out of the game. The result? Kamihoshi loses the match horribly.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be annoying and difficult to deal with, but also offers Chihiro advice and helps her out from time to time.
- Last-Name Basis: How he addresses his peers — minus Chihiro — and with no honorifics attached. Makes sense considering his personality. He does, however, call his upperclassmen in the baseball club "senpai." Even when he's disobeying them.
- Like Grandfather Like Grandson: Inherited all his grandfather's loner tendencies and quirks.
- Loners Are Freaks: Both played straight and inverted. Yugami is socially isolated by his peers because they find him troublesome, but they also consider him weird because he always chooses to spend time alone and doesn't make any attempts at befriending others. Partially deconstructed early on when Kuzumi explains that, basically, because of the aforementioned reasons, nobody really tries to communicate with Yugami and this leads to a misconstrued perception of him; while Chihiro thinks Yugami is weird, she's surprised that some of her classmates find him intimidating and even think of him as a delinquent. It's not until Chihiro transfers into the class that it seems anyone's even establishing proper communication with Yugami.
- His isolation from the class is even coincidentally reflected by the classroom's seating arrangement, as he's the only person sitting in the back row until Chihiro transfers in.
- Makes Us Even: Basically him towards Chihiro. Many, many times. He doesn't like being indebted to others and believes that someone who is treated sincerely by others should return the same level of sincerity.
- Meaningful Name: Yugami (湯神) is a homophone for "歪み" which means "distortion" and can be used in the phrase "性格の歪み (seikaku no yugami)", or "a twist in one's character." His given name Yuuji is made up of the kanji 裕 (yuu) and 二 (ji), where "yuu" means "richness" or "abundance" and "ji" means "two." This is a direct reference to the fact that he has a very similar personality to his grandfather Yuuichi (裕一), where ichi is written with the character for "one."
- Messy Hair: Other than after a bath or shower, he has perpetual bedhead. This is actually justified by the odd manner in which he sleeps, as shown in a 4-koma in volume 1.
- Never My Fault: Shows this sort of attitude when he blames Kadota for furthering a misunderstanding between him and Fujisawa, despite being the one that left the responsibility of rejecting her to Kadota. To be fair, Kadota also volunteered to reject her for Yugami.
- No Social Skills: He lives so strictly by his own principles that he often ends up offending others because he can only see things from his own perspective.
- Odd Friendship: Subverted with Chihiro. While Chihiro is lonely and almost desperate for friends, Yugami is happy as a loner and even proud of it. Despite their conflicting views on the matter, other characters will note that they've never seen Yugami talk to someone as much as he does with Chihiro, causing everyone to believe the two of them are friends. This is Yugami though, so naturally, any positing of a friendship between them is immediately shot down by both him and Chihiro.
- The Perfectionist: He strives to have a "perfect day" everyday.
- Pet the Dog: Frequently (and unintentionally) pisses off people that talk to him and has offended Chihiro more than once, but also has moments where he helps her or offers her advice.
- Pillars of Moral Character: On, or reciprocity. In a more lighthearted example, Yugami always repays someone if they've helped him, even if he's told he doesn't have to.
- The Power of Friendship: Defied. He doesn't want friends and actually prefers being alone. Even though he's in the baseball club (and is their ace to boot), he doesn't get along with any of its members, and even Kadota is largely just bossed around by him.
- Principles Zealot: He's extremely stubborn; this is one of the pillars of his character and it's completely Played for Laughs. Paired with his Brutal Honesty, it's one of the prime reasons for why everyone avoids him if at all possible.
- Rightly Self-Righteous
- Second Year Protagonist
- Schedule Fanatic: He has a packed daily schedule and gets anxious when cleaning the hallways might make him late for club practice.
- Smug Smiler: Tends to smirk more than he smiles.
- Smug Super: He knows how important he is to the baseball club and how the team needs him to win. This isn't necessarily him being arrogant, but rather his logical conclusion based on assessing the level of skill of his teammates.
- Socially Awkward Hero: Not in the conventional sense; Yugami isn't afraid of talking to others, but he can be terrible at it due to how blunt he is. The fact that he doesn't ever filter his thoughts is what turns his peers away from him.
- The Southpaw: He writes, pitches, and bats left-handed. Considering the rest of the baseball team and the supporting cast appear to be right-handed, this serves to accentuate Yugami's eccentricity.
- Tempting Fate: Early on in the series, Yugami tells Chihiro that he lives his life "properly" and in such a way that he doesn't ever need to rely on others. Later in the exact same chapter, he's put into a situation where he needs to receive help from Chihiro so he can make club activities on time. This becomes a recurring theme in the story, with Yugami receiving help from Chihiro and finding ways to repay her.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Comedic example during the Love Letter arc. The others ask Yugami to pretend that he was the person texting Fujisawa so as to not hurt her feelings, which is the "good" or kind thing to do. He agrees. ...But then during the date, realizes that lying is wrong and decides to be lawful — that is, true to his principles in this case. He spills the beans and makes Fujisawa cry, but the misunderstanding gets cleared up.
- The Unapologetic: Right off the bat, Chapter 1 is titled Yugami-kun Doesn't Apologize. He doesn't feel any remorse for forgetting Hayashiyama, either.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Yugami is a mercilessly blunt loner who doesn't believe in The Power of Friendship, and can come off as insensitive to others, even if he's not a bad guy overall.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: He at first tries to continue a white lie in order not to hurt Fujisawa's feelings, and this is also done at the behest of Chihiro and the others, but after telling a rakugo story to Fujisawa where the moral is to be truthful, he realizes that lying is wrong.Yugami: Lies and deceit can never be good!
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has dark blue hair in some colored illustrations and in the anime commercials, and other times has a shade closer to black. Could be a case of Hair Color Dissonance where he does have black hair, just colored a very dark blue. Initially, he was a brunette, as seen in the first chapter's colour page, but his hair has since switched between a dark blue and black.
Voiced by: Madoka Yonezawa (CM, drama CD)
- I had to start over every time I transferred to a new school.
The story's Narrator, Chihiro is a transfer student at Kamihoshi who wants to make friends quickly. The first person she meets when she transfers in is Yugami, whom she ends up sitting next to in class. Despite being warned by classmates to not associate with him, Chihiro ends up talking to Yugami often. Although she considers him troublesome to deal with at times, Yugami is also often the one who helps her out when she's troubled. Her birthday is June 20th.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: When her mother goes to pick her up from school due to a fever, Yugami walks into the infirmary. Chihiro's mom exchanges a few words with him and notes he's on the baseball team. It's not until she sees the number 1 on the back of his uniformnote that she excitedly blabbers on about how Yugami missed a perfect game and no hitter/shutout the other day. Cue a Death Glare from Yugami to Chihiro.Chihiro: Didn't your husband say "don't touch the subject"?!
- Armor-Piercing Question: In Chapter 79, when Yugami once again denies being friends with her (on top of denying a relationship going on between them), she blows up at the boy, asking if their bond is so fickle that he would likely forget about her after graduation. It's notable for being one of the only callings out that makes Yugami really ponder and sulk.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When she learns that her father has accepted a promotion and this means moving their family to America, she does not take it well, and wrecks the wall in their flat.
- The Ditherer: Tends to be indecisive and hesitant in contrast to Yugami who is steadfast.
- Establishing Character Moment: In chapter 1, the second time she asks Yugami to close the window. When he refuses and explains his reason for keeping it open, Chihiro makes a compromise to close it halfway because she feels sorry for other people in the class who are freezing because of the cold air blowing in. Yugami accepts this compromise to a T.
- Extreme Doormat: Downplayed for the most part, but it's there. She mostly only ever bites back if she's talking to Yugami — probably because he has no intention of being friends with her anyway.
- First-Name Basis: Everyone in the main cast, except for Yugami, refers to Chihiro by her first name. This is in stark contrast to Yugami, who's only referred to by his last name outside of his family.
- Forgettable Character: To some of her classmates. It comes with being a Ridiculously Average Girl and Yugami says this about her as well early on. She doesn't have much of a presence because she doesn't know how to initiate conversations with her classmates.
- Friendless Background: Her backstory shows that she never had any close friends due to her family moving around so much.
- Friendship Denial: When asked if she's friends with Yugami.
- Hates Being Alone: Played for Laughs. She tells Yugami that having nobody to talk to at school will cause her psychological damage.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Of the "I don't have any special talents" variety.
- Hidden Depths:
- Even with their mutual denial of friendship, it's shown that Chihiro cares about Yugami's well-being and doesn't want him to suffer due to his choices in life.
- Even though she's a glass-half-empty kind of person, Chihiro tends to strive for the happiness of others and serves as the buffer between her classmates and Yugami.
- Honor Before Reason: She chooses to stand in the hall with Yugami as punishment for being late to class because she felt guilty that he had to show her the way to the classroom (causing them to be very late to class). She does this even though the teacher had exempted her from punishment just prior.
- Humble Goal: All she really wants is to have friends. The plot, of course, doesn't make it easy for her.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Type B. Due to her family moving around all her life, she's never had any close friends.
- Implied Love Interest: To Yugami. There's at least one parallel made between his grandparents and himself and Chihiro. She has a monologue lamenting how she and Yugami have a flimsy connection with one another, and that he'll forget her once they graduate high school. She even blushes when Yugami puts his arm around her shoulders in Chapters 61 and 62 when they become 3-legged race partners. The manga even ends with a Maybe Ever After Time Skip showing them in their college years dripping with traditional Japanese love confession imagery.
- Joins to Fit In: Her backstory has her doing this.
- Naïve Newcomer: Comes with being the transfer student and narrator. She thinks Yugami's a Nice Guy at first before classmates clue her in on the matter and advise her not to associate with him. This does absolutely nothing to stop her from talking to him.
- Narrator: While the story tends to focus on Yugami's life, much of it is told from Chihiro's perspective.
- New Transfer Student: The story kicks off with her first day at Kamihoshi.
- Nice Girl: While everyone else refuses to deal with Yugami, Chihiro regularly talks to him, despite thinking that he's a pain to deal with. This probably has to do with the fact that he'd helped her when she'd just arrived at Kamihoshi.
- Not So Different: From Yugami. Chapter 20 shows that both can be quite set in their ways. Lampshaded again over twenty chapters later when Yugami criticizes her for her incorrigible nature, only for Chihiro to say he's the exact same.
- Odd Friendship: Subverted in an interesting way with Yugami. He's a loner that doesn't need friends and is The Ace — a good student and the star pitcher of the baseball team — whereas she's a New Transfer Student that wants to make friends but is exceedingly average. Despite these differences, other characters often remark that nobody is able to hold a conversation with Yugami the way Chihiro can (although she thinks it's always a rather one-sided one on his part), and for all his boasts about not needing friends, Yugami talks to Chihiro quite often. In the end, however, both believe they aren't friends.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: Laments that she doesn't have any special talents.
- Safety in Indifference: In the past, she'd refrain from making friends to save her the pain of having to part with them because her family moved so often. She grows out of it by the start of the series because her family is here to stay in the area for years to come, so she's desperate to make friends.
- Second Year Protagonist
- Socially Awkward Hero: She's not all that awkward if someone speaks to her first and is actually quite friendly, but is at a loss when she has to take the initiative and talk to others.
- Supporting Protagonist: Her plight is an ongoing plot point, but much of the story follows Yugami while Chihiro mainly serves as the Narrator and spectator who gets dragged into his life.
- Think Nothing of It: Her usual attitude after helping Yugami with something. It does absolutely nothing to stop him from repaying her.
- What Does She See in Him?: Played with. There are several people who speculate that she and Yugami are dating, though they both are quick to dispel that notion; still, even with that knowledge, the onlookers wonder why she even gives him the time of day, though Chihiro is aware that Yugami is a better person than they give him credit for.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She gives a minor one to Yugami when he decides not to reply to a girl's Love Letter, earning him the ire of Chihiro and he spends the night toiling over how to reply after this.
Voiced by: Atsushi Abe (CM, drama CD)
A first year regular on the baseball club and Yugami's catcher. He used to play on the same local youth baseball team as Yugami.
- Butt-Monkey: Yugami bosses him around and sends him on errands like getting bread from the next town over right before a game.
- The Lancer: To Yugami. Whereas Yugami is brutally honest and dislikes socializing, Kadota is more mild-mannered and friendlier — unless he's dealing with Yugami, of course. Although usually irritated by Yugami's personality, Kadota still does his bidding.
- Playing Cyrano: Played with. Instead of getting them together, he offers to help Yugami reject Fujisawa but this only furthers the misunderstanding that Yugami is interested in her, much to Yugami's chagrin.
- Sempai/Kohai: The kohai in the baseball club as he's the only first year regular, but also to the rest of the core cast who are all second year students.
Wakana KuzumiThe baseball club's manager and Yugami and Chihiro's classmate. She considers Yugami troublesome and tries her best to ignore him.
- Girlish Pigtails: Has these as a first year student as seen in flashbacks.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Always keeps her hair tied up in a single bun.
Kiyoshi ShigeharaA third year student and The Captain of the Kamihoshi baseball team. He admires and even respects Yugami despite the club members not liking Yugami much.
- The Captain
- In-Series Nickname: Shigekiyo.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: While the rest of the team finds Yugami difficult to deal with, Shigehara says a lot of good things about him. Even when Kadota says Yugami doesn't trust the rest of the team at all, he suggests that maybe Yugami only meant he can't give them 65% of his trust, but is still capable of giving 35% of it.
Rio FujisawaA second year student in class 2-D. During preparations for the athletics festival during their first year, she meets Yugami, who helps her when she's troubled, and falls in love with him. She confesses to him through a Love Letter, but is ultimately rejected.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Is fair-haired and is generally very hardworking and earnest.
- Informed Attractiveness: The initial reaction of many of the characters when they meet her is that she's a beauty.
- Tearful Smile: Shows one when Chihiro comforts her after being rejected by Yugami. ...It's not so much the rejection that makes her cry, though. The fact that she's able to pull one of these off even after being lied to and humiliated in front of him and the others is what makes Yugami believe that she'll be fine.
Momose KaoriYugami and Chihiro's classmate, along with being part of Kuzumi's group of friends. She hates Yugami with a passion and disliked Chihiro for associating with him and getting close to Kuzumi, before managing to reconcile with the latter.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: A platonic version for Kuzumi. It's explained that she has an internal hierarchy, with the people Kuzumi looks after being on the second-to-last tier, like Chihiro; the very last is reserved for people she looks after but are still hindrances, like Yugami.
- Entertainingly Wrong: She disdains Yugami because she considers him obstructive and a true burden for Kuzumi, and actively tells people not to associate with him. Thing is, she doesn't actually know him.
Masaki HayashiyamaA second year student and the baseball club's ace. He has known Yugami since elementary school and considers him a rival, but the rivalry is completely one-sided on Hayashiyama's part.
- Always Someone Better: Yugami is this to him. Hayashiyama was the ace on his youth team, but when Yugami came along, he lost his position as starting pitcher. Even now, he seems to be playing second fiddle to him, despite being the ace on Amagi.
- Cannot Talk to Women: Is absolutely hopeless at talking to girls despite wanting to be popular.
- Can't Catch Up: As kids, Hayashiyama tried really hard to take the position of starting pitcher back from Yugami, but it was just not meant to be.
- Foil: To Yugami.
- Forgotten Friend, New Foe: He might've considered Yugami a friend when they were kids, but this certainly isn't the case with the latter. When Hayashiyama is introduced as Amagi's pitcher, he clearly dislikes Yugami, but it doesn't last long as he remembers he used to be on better terms with him. The fact that Yugami had completely forgotten him dismayed Hayashiyama so much that his pitching suffers during the practice game against Kamihoshi.
- Friendship Denial: He denies being friends with Yugami now, but flashbacks show that he introduced Yugami to baseball and treated him well.
- Hot-Blooded: Extremely passionate about baseball and being the club's ace.
- The Rival: To Yugami.
- Unknown Rival: The rivalry is completely one-sided on his part.