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First-Years

Yamaguchi Kisaragi

The main viewpoint character, a girl who loves painting and pastels. She is very gentle and sometimes a bit of an airhead, and while she's good with paints she tends to sketch too lightly and has trouble with design, especially fashion. Her friends call her "Kisaragi", and Buchi calls her "Kisa-chan". Early in the series, she becomes enamored with Tomokane's misreading "sketching" (素描) as "plain cat" (素猫) and starts doodling brown kittens by the dozens. Kisaragi turns out to be very good at thrifty spending.

Voiced by Haruka Tomatsu.

Noda Miki

An energetic and fickle young girl who especially loves design and fashion, called "Noda" or "Princess" by her friends. She has employed a number of different hairstyles in the manga, usually involving Odango Hair, Girlish Pigtails, and various hair ornaments. While very talented, she gets bored easily and tends to start fooling around in the middle of lessons. The usual culprit behind any shenanigans, and good friends with Tomokane.

Voiced by Ai Tokunaga.

Oomichi Miyabi

A quiet and very talented girl who really, really loves the color black. Namiko calls her "Masa"; the other girls call her "Professor". While definitely somewhat strange, Masa is very kind, and always takes care of her friends and the chickens kept on the school grounds. Her family is very traditional, and her parents have arranged her marriage to an older boy she hasn't been able to meet yet. She's almost always expressionless and has a relatively low normal body temperature.

Voiced by Kaori Nazuka.

Tomokane

An aggressive, brash, and cheerful girl who uses physical strength to solve everything. She aspires to work in 3D rendering, and likes to use very hard lines in her art. Because of her appearance and behavior, she says that she's often been mistaken for a boy when not wearing a skirt; it turns out that she's so hyperactive and violent at school because of frustration at her older brother, who is too frail for her to fight physically. Three books into the manga, we still don't know her first name.

Voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro.

Nozaki Namiko

The oldest and most mature member of the group, and thus the one who usually winds up playing the Straight Man role. Her friends call her "Namiko-san", and she is on the receiving end of countless height jokes, breast jokes, weight jokes, and age jokes from Noda. Because her friends are so childish, she tends to get treated as the big sister or mom of the group, and is on good terms with Masa, who is the only other calm one in their circle.

Voiced by Yui Horie.

Art Club

Awara Chikako

President of the fine arts club, and the usual perspective character for their misadventures. She's very loud and energetic, and has a Chubu[2] dialect, which is often mistaken for a Kansai Regional Accent, much to her chagrin. She's good friends with Mizubuchi, who calls her "Aa-san". She is in her third year, and is a GA student. Much more talented than she appears, and even has tetrachromacy, which allows her to perceive ultraviolet light.

Voiced by Akemi Kanda.

Mizubuchi

Kisaragi's childhood friend, who helped inspire her to come to Ayanoi in the first place. She's close friends with Aa-san, and is the Art Club's general holder of the Sanity Ball; she joins the Fine Arts Club when Tono merges it with the Student Life Activities Club, which she was the only member of. Called "Buchi-san" by Aa-san and "Micchan" by Kisaragi; a third-year GA student.

Voiced by Ami Koshimizu.

Uozumi

Despite being a member of the Fine Arts Club, he's actually a third-year on the college prep track. Originally wanted to be an art student, but because he is red-green colorblind he decided to take the practical road. Has very little patience for his leader's antics. Gets called "Zumin" by Homura.

Voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi.

Homura

A second-year auto student and member of the Fine Arts Club. Like Uozumi, Buchi-san, and the Tomokanes, we still don't know his given name.

Voiced by Ryou Naitou.

Tomokane

A second-year GA student, and that other Tomokane's older brother. Like his sister, we don't know his given name. He's weak to illnesses and tends to miss a lot of school, so his first appearance is in volume 3, whereupon he joins the Art Club. He has been described as a pastel, softer-looking version of his little sister with wavier hair. Tomokane enjoys playing pranks and mind games, knowing that because of his weak constitution he need not fear retribution; otherwise he's a nice guy.

Voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro.

Teachers

Sotoma Takuma

The first-year GA class's homeroom teacher, and also in charge of design classes. Although he takes a Straight Man role in his interactions with his students (especially Noda and Tomokane), he's very popular. According to Kiyuduki, he's the kind of person who doesn't lose his dignity as a teacher even when fooling around with his class.

Voiced by Kyousei Tsukui.

Usami Mayumi

Sotoma-sensei's assistant who also teaches painting. When she first introduced herself, she was so nervous that she accidentally mispronounced her own family name, so she's gained the nickname "Same-chan-sensei". She is also a graduate of Ayanoi, and tends to act much younger than her coworkers. She is anemic.

Voiced by Omi Minami.

Sasamoto

The third-year GA class's teacher, adviser of the the Fine Arts Club, and teaches sketching. Called "Tono-sensei" by her students, and is an infamous hardass who is well-loved despite acting like a Grumpy Bear most of the time. She's a chain smoker of legendary proportions, to the point where she was once asked "Which is more important to you, me or tobacco?" by a former boyfriend. Has previously made Aa-san a cardboard dog house and actually stuck her in it.

Voiced by Minami Takayama.

Koshino Yoshino

The fashion design teacher, a tiny and terrifying old lady who's a legendary hard grader. Most students who aren't Noda are petrified of her. Initially did not appear in the anime, but was featured in the OVA instead.

Voiced by Chinami Nishimura.

Notes

  1. The kanji 雅 can mean "elegance" or "upright." "Miyabi" is the kunyomi reading for the first meaning; "Masa" is for the second.
  2. Nagoya region
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