List of Kodocha characters
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- 1 Characters
- 1.1 Main characters
- 1.2 Kurata family and staff
- 1.3 Hayama family
- 1.4 School
- 1.5 Showbiz colleagues
- 1.6 Characters in America (anime only)
- 1.7 Characters of Deep Clear
- 1.8 Others
- 2 References
Kodocha's main characters consist of those who are depicted in the front page of the manga volumes. In the anime, they are regularly introduced by a set of Polaroid head shots. Although the book primarily follows Sana, when work takes over, the storyline at school continues without her, much to her shock when she returns, that life carries on without the main character being there!
- Sana Kurata (倉田紗南 Kurata Sana?)
- Voiced by: Shizue Oda (Japanese), Laura Bailey (English)
- Sana is an 11-year-old child star at the beginning of the series. She is an exuberant and cheerful girl. She just began 6th grade and is having a hard time at school, because a boy named Akito Hayama is causing chaos in her classroom, and she sets out to stop him and bring peace to her world. However, she soon learns that there is more to Akito than it seems. As she begins to feel compassion for Akito, the boy she used to hate, her mother Misako sweetly says to Sana, "You've grown up just as I had idealized." It is shown later in the series that Sana is adopted. Her biological mother abandoned her after her birth and was found by Misako who then adopted her. Sana learned this at age 5 but doesn't talk about it until her mother publishes her book that is about it. After this, she meets her biological mother and half-sister for the first time.
- While she is energetic and always has a smile on her face, she has a temper and fierce determination. She never backs down from a fight, especially against Akito, who is considered to be her rival, friend, and later on, her lover. What she lacks to understand most throughout the series is love. Initially, she thought that her manager, Rei, was her boyfriend, but after a fight with her mother, she realizes that she simply loved him in a platonic way. She is especially oblivious to Akito's feelings for her, even though he has kissed her three times and showed his love to her through jealousy.
- Sana began her acting career at the Komawari Theater Troupe when she was five years old, and now stars in a popular variety program called Child's Toy, as well as television commercials. During the course of the series, her career flourishes, and she stars in TV dramas and a feature film among other projects. Sana also deals with many ups-and-downs of show business, such as competitive co-stars, rabid fans, zealous paparazzi, false rumors in tabloids, ruthless talent managers who try to poach her, and in the anime, even an imposter. From the beginning of the series, she developed a strong friendship with Akito and gradually falls in love with him but doesn't realize it after he starts dating Fuka. Also because she doesn't fully understand what love really means. They eventually start dating when they are in middle school.
- In a 2009 one-shot called Deep Clear, Sana is 26 years old, and has married Akito, and has a daughter named Sari. In Deep Clear, Sana is separated from Akito because Akito told her to divorce him if she chooses to have the baby, but she longed to raise the baby with him. They reconcile when their daughter is born. Although they are married, Sana and Akito still argue.
- Akito Hayama (羽山秋人 Hayama Akito?)
- Voiced by: Tatsuya Nakazaki (Japanese), Jerry Jewell (English)
- Akito is the troublemaker who is causing chaos in Sana's 6th grade class. A sullen boy of few words, he is physically strong, and has a powerful karate chop. He is known as Sana's first kiss, her lover, her worst enemy, her son, and her best friend. At the beginning of the series, it is shown that Akito has acrophobia. Akito's mother died when giving birth to him, which leads to his older sister Natsumi resenting him, frequently becoming angry with Akito and calling him "devil boy." In addition, Akito has a distant relationship with his father, who works long hours. As a result, Akito is not home often and usually eats junk food for dinner. These factors contribute to his delinquent behavior. Akito is disrespectful towards most adults in general, but upon meeting Sana's formidable mother, he speaks to her with deference. Despite his trouble making ways, Akito is smart and gets good grades.
- After he butts heads with Sana several times, Sana succeeds in subduing Akito after blackmailing him, the same way he was blackmailing their teacher. But once the initial blackmailing passes, Akito comes to regret his misbehavior, and his friendship with Sana continues to open his heart. Sana also helps him have a better relationship with his family, after which they become even closer. Although he has his childish moments (he has a very funny habit of kicking stuff when he's frustrated), he has had to grow up fast due to his tough home life. Smiling rarely, and laughing almost never, several characters note that Akito's eyes are not that of a child. Although capable of cruelty, Akito has his own code of honor: even the teacher who he terrorizes will admit that Akito will never lie, and Akito refuses to pretend to be nice to anyone he doesn't like or respect. Akito's most effusive expression of love is "I don't hate it", which he reserves for his beloved sushi (as his father discovered), dinosaurs, skiing, and Sana. As the story progresses Akito's love for Sana grows. But at first his feelings don't reach Sana, so it is repeated often in the story that Sana is the densest person.
- Inspired in part by Sana's devotion to her acting career, Akito begins to take karate classes. In the manga, towards the end of the story, Akito suffers an injury and is unable to move his hand. Then he moves to America due to his father's job, and the resulting shock triggers Sana's illness. When he returns to Japan two years later in the final issue, Akito has become a champion child karate fighter, as well as being able to speak flawless English. In a 2009 one-shot, Akito is 26 years old, married to Sana, and has a daughter named Sari. When he finds out that Sana is pregnant, he demands that they divorce if she has the baby and separates from her when she says she wants the baby. He broke from Sana because since his own mother died while giving birth he thinks it'll happen to Sana too. He does go to the hospital when Sana gives birth and reconciles with her after their daughter's birth.
- Tsuyoshi Ohki (大木剛 Ōki Tsuyoshi?), later Tsuyoshi Sasaki (佐々木剛 Sasaki Tsuyoshi?)
- Voiced by: Mayumi Misawa (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)
- Tsuyoshi is Akito's best friend at school. He is a soft-spoken child and quite intelligent. (Miho Obana revealed that originally she was going to make him a psychic.) Although usually gentle, when Tsuyoshi gets extremely angry, he flies into a rage and begins to attack everything - and usually only Akito can subdue him. Tsuyoshi plays a very background role in the manga, but at the beginning he is Akito's rival for Sana's love. Later, his parents divorce, and he has to cope with being a father figure as well as a big brother to his little sister. If you notice he has vegetation growing on his head.
- Aya Sugita (杉田亜矢 Sugita Aya?)
- Voiced by: Akiko Kikuchi (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)
- Aya is one of Sana's friends, and later Tsuyoshi's girlfriend. She is a quiet and sweet girl, with a good deal of common sense, but when angry or jealous she can become very dangerous. Aya and Tsuyoshi become a sickeningly sweet "love-love" couple.
- Fuka Matsui (松井風花 Matsui Fūka?)
- Voiced by: Harumi Ikoma
- Fuka is introduced as a classmate when Sana and her classmates begin junior high school. Fuka just moved back to Tokyo after living in Osaka, and she and Sana become best friends. They start to meet at the bathroom, where Fuka complains about cutting her hair too short. Fuka explains that some people thinks she looks like Sana. It is revealed that Akito went to kindergarten with Fuka, and kissed her when they were five years old. Although Fuka initially hates Akito for stealing her first kiss, after getting to know him better, she is impressed by his blunt honesty and logical point-of-view. Fuka's personality is slightly similar to Sana, which is why Tsuyoshi probably thinks that she is Akito's type. Fuka dates Akito when Sana goes to shoot a movie. Eventually, Fuka realizes that Akito really loves Sana, so she breaks up with him. Asides from the fact that they dated, Fuka was also the other girl besides Sana to whom Akito has said "I don't hate you" to. Although their relationship did not work out, Akito and Fuka genuinely appreciated and respected each other. She was in love boy named Takaishi, but they broke up because Akito kissed Fuka. When they meet again after while she said that she won't want to start relationship with him, but later Sana and Akito found out Takaishi's phone number and called him and get his phone number and address up and gave it to Fuka. First she was angry and embarrassed, then when she was home she thinks that she could call him someday and wonders what was that fuzzy and warm feeling that she felt, and also that she would thank Sana for this someday.
- Naozumi Kamura (加村直澄 Kamura Naozumi?)
- Voiced by: Omi Minami (Japanese), Chris Patton (English)
- Naozumi is also a child actor, and another competitor for Sana's love. Naozumi has a history with Sana: when they were babies, they both spent time together at the Kamura orphanage. (Naozumi know about Sana's 3 moles) In the manga, when Sana's illness was triggered at a young age, Naozumi is the one who helped her recover (although at the time, Sana thought Naozumi was a girl due to his long hair). At the end of the series, Naozumi makes the painful decision to give up his love for Sana, but remains her loyal friend. In the final book of the manga, Naozumi leaves the country to film another movie and advance his career.
- In the anime, Naozumi is central to a major story arc in which he and Sana travel to New York City to be featured in a Broadway musical. During this trip, Naozumi unexpectedly encounters both of his birth parents. The trauma of these events bring him and Sana closer,and when they came back to Japan they starting dating.
- Misako Kurata (倉田美紗子 Kurata Misako?)
- Voiced by: Hana Kino (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)
- Misako is Sana's "Mama" and Sana's adoptive mother. Misako is a beautiful, intelligent, and indomitable woman. She married a no-good gambling addict at age 18, and divorced him at 20. After her divorce, she decided that being normal just wasn't "her", and began wearing kimonos, wearing her hair in odd ways, and felt liberated by being eccentric. She found Sana on a park bench and took her to the Kamura orphanage until she officially adopted her. When Sana was only five, Misako vows to be a famous author, and asks Sana to become better known than the average girl by becoming a small-time actress, so that they could find Sana's real mother one day. Misako and Sana are successful in their efforts beyond their original goals: Misako becomes an award-winning novelist, and Sana becomes one of the most popular child stars of her day. Misako then writes a controversial book named "My Daughter and I", hoping to find Sana's real mother. (Misprinted as "Mariko" in English translation of the manga.)
- Misako loves Sana deeply, and raises Sana with a balance between discipline and letting her be independent, thereby teaching her not to be a spoiled child. While Misako lets Sana make much of her own decisions, she will also not let Sana avoid the consequences of her actions. And when it comes time for Sana to realize that Rei is not her boyfriend, Misako holds nothing back, despite knowing that Sana will be hurt and humiliated. Misako also takes a liking to Akito: after learning that Akito kissed Sana, Misako tells him (to Rei's great shock), "Do it as much as possible. It's fun!"
- Although Misako is a wise woman, she has a very goofy side to her, and loves to torture her editor, the much-abused Mr. Onda (close to how the character Shigure from the manga Fruits Basket tortures his editor). Misako has a much larger part in the anime, due to her crazy ways being very amusing when animated.[original research?]
- Rei Sagami (相模玲 Sagami Rei?)
- Voiced by: Ryo Naito (Japanese), John Burgmeier (English)
- Rei is Sana's manager. After being dumped by his girlfriend, dropping out of college, and his parents' death, he hits bottom and becomes a homeless person. While begging on the streets, Sana finds him and brings him home much like she does with stray dogs (in the manga, they own three). Misako decided to keep him around the house, and he has lived there ever since, working as Sana's manager. Sana declares him as her "pimp" after reading a book which included the word, although she does not understand what it really means. In addition, Sana thinks of Rei as her boyfriend. Later, Akito tells Sana that Rei is playing with her, and sees her simply as a little girl wanting to play. Misako also tells Sana that Rei cannot be her boyfriend. This leaves Sana devastated. But after she gets over her heartbreak, Rei remains her manager and her friend.
- Asako Kurumi (来海麻子 Kurumi Asako?)
- Voiced by: Azusa Nakao (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)
- Asako is a popular actress. She was also Rei's girlfriend who dumped him to concentrate on her acting career, which partly triggered his downward spiral to homeless bum. She did not know that Rei would end up homeless. When she finds Rei again, she wants to get back together, but Rei says that he belongs to Sana now, and can't be with Asako until Sana grows up. When Sana realizes (with Akito's help) that Rei is not her "pimp" nor her boyfriend, Asako and Rei reunite. Asako continues to recur until the end of the series.
- Babbit (anime only)
- Voiced by: Tomoko Hikita (Japanese), Chris Cason (English)
- Babbit is a little white bat who also looks like a rabbit (bat + rabbit = Babbit). He is the often sarcastic narrator, and normally invisible to the characters. His purpose is to break the fourth wall by explaining the show to the viewers, but the characters sometimes see him, resulting in comic moments (usually getting hit by one of the characters). In the show, he has been seen and called a "bug." Babbit's image also appears as a brand image on many items in the show including shirts, bags, and toys.
Kurata family and staff
- Maro is Misako's pet chipmunk that lives in her hair. Although Sana often asks why Mama has a chipmunk in her hair, what Misako doesn't tell her is that it was actually Sana's idea for him to live there.
- Mrs. Shimura
- Voiced by: Keiko Amano (Japanese), Melanie Mason (English)
- The Kurata family's maid. She enjoys her work, and is very close to the Kuratas. She doesn't let Sana cook, since she accidentally used baking soda instead of flour when making cookies.
- Shizuka Kurata (anime only)
- Voiced by: (Japanese), Juli Erikson (English)
- Misako's mother and Sana's grandmother. She runs the Kurata family's hot spring spa in Kusatsu which she regularly attempts to pass on to Misako or Sana(normally by trying to get one of them to marry someone from Kusatsu) because she has no other heirs.
- Grandpa Kurata (anime only)
- Voiced by: (Japanese), Mark Stoddard (English)
- Misako's father and Sana's grandfather. He helps with the inn and is always happy, when his wife is away.
- Sanzou Katagiri (anime only)
- Voiced by: (Japanese), R. Bruce Elliott (English)
- Shizuka's butler, and right-hand man. Rei often tries to compete with him so if Sana gets ownership of the spa, Rei could take Katagiri's job.
- Ryousuke Kashima
- Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese), Mike McFarland (English)
- Misako's ex-husband. Ryosuke is a gambling addict who shows up from time to time asking Misako and Sana for money. After which will be thrown out by Misako with some random gadget she had recently purchased.
- Ruma, Gonta and Choco
- Sana and Misako's three dogs, who were once strays. Ruma is a small pup with a brown patch over his right eye, and two large spots on his back. Gonta is a large, long-haired white dog. Choco is a pug. They play almost no part in either the anime or the manga. They rarely show up in the anime.
- Natsumi Hayama
- Voiced by: Akemi Okamura (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English)
- Akito's older sister. Natsumi is an avid Sana-fan. As a result of grief and stress from growing up without a mother and having to take care of a younger brother, Natsumi is pretty mean to Akito and accuses him of causing their mother's death. She often yells at him and calls him a "devil." (She calls him "Monster" in the American version of the anime and "Demon" in the Japanese version of the anime.) After Sana scolds her and her father, and Natsumi watches a TV drama that Sana filmed, Natsumi realizes that they are mistreating Akito, and starts being nicer to him. Also showing the fact that she becomes overprotective of him which shows in the last episode when she freaks out when she sees him in bandages. Like her brother, she has a difficult personality but she's also very intelligent.
- Fuyuki Hayama
- Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama (Japanese), Randy Tallman (English)
- Akito's father is a business executive who works long hours and is seldom home. Although it seems in the beginning that he is a bad father, Mr. Hayama turns out to be a good father who was simply unaware of the bad relationship between his children because he was working too hard. After realizing Akito's suffering, and also becoming ill due to working too hard, he begins to spend more time at home. When Akito gets into various scrapes during the series, Mr. Hayama always believes in his son and supports him, even when no one else does. This could partially be attributed to the fact that he and Akito's mother were troublemakers in their younger years.
- Mr. Hayama is very mellow and soft-spoken, but the few moments he breaks out of his quiet mode are very funny. He takes a great liking to Sana and develops a goofy habit of talking to the TV whenever she appears.
- Koharu Hayama
- Voiced by: Omi Minami (Japanese), Amber Cotton (English)
- Akito's mother. Koharu died giving birth to Akito, an event which had a serious negative effect on the relationship between Akito, Natsumi, and Fuyuki. Although she has been dead for more than 10 years by the beginning of the series: she "appears" sporadically throughout the manga in memories, photos, and flashbacks. Her most important appearance is in Volume Eight when Akito has a near-death experience; Koharu appears to him as a stranger and tells him that he is too young to die and that he can be strong. When Akito realizes that she is his mother, Koharu repeats Sana's words from Volume One, telling Akito that she loves him and that he must live for both of them.
- Koharu was apparently a troublemaker (or at least "wild") in her younger years, along with Fuyuki. In the manga, she is said to have once been a Yankee.
- Shinichi Gomi
- Voiced by: Masanobu Hirota (Japanese), Kent Williams (English)
- A boy in Sana's 6th grade class. He had long hair, but his father makes him shave it all off when he starts middle school. When Akito decides not to terrorize the teachers anymore, Gomi decides he will be the leader, but gets beat down by Akito (with Sana's one-time permission). In a story arc that showcases Akito's integrity, Gomi rebels against his parents who pressure him to attend a prestigious middle school. Gomi beats Akito up with the help of older delinquents, and shoplifts, letting Akito take the blame. He later confesses and apologizes to Akito. Gomi is often paired with Hisae.
- Hisae Kamayai
- Voiced by: Yumiko Kikuchi (Japanese), Cynthia Cranz (English)
- Hisae is one of Sana and Aya's school friends who stays throughout the series. When Sana forgets to attend her birthday party, she becomes very angry and tries to ostracize Sana, but forgives her later. She is linked with Gomi because they fight a lot but they are close friends. They might have an intimate relationship despite of their arguments.
- Rumi is one of Sana's friends, who she wrote on her upper-school friends list. It is interesting to note that in the manga, although she makes her first appearance in volume one and appears sparodically throughout the ensuing volumes as Sana's classmate and friend, she is not actually named until volume seven, in which Sana refers to her by her name and "Rumi" is written in parenthesis with an arrow pointing to her.
- Mami Suzuki
- Voiced by: Azusa Nakao (Japanese), Kate Oxley (English)
- Mami is one of Sana's friends. She is a quiet girl, with short black hair kept back by a hairband. During Akito's troublemaker days, she calls Akito a "monster", "demon", or "devil" (depends on the language), which is a particularly hurtful word for Akito to hear since it's what his sister calls him. Akito gets revenge by getting the other boys to throw Mami into a pond, which causes Sana to become angrier than she's ever been. Mami remains traumatized by this incident for quite a while afterwards. She remains so afraid of Akito that when he tries to talk to her, she screams and cries. But when she sees that Akito regrets the way he's acted in the past, they reach an understanding.
- One of the boys in Sana's class at lower school. He has spiked brown hair. He leads the boys in episode 33, alongside Gomi and Kojima.
- Yukihiro Yasuda
- Voiced by: Mizue Nishimori
- Yasuda is the cap-wearing boy in Sana's lower school class. He appears irregularly, normally part as a gang led by Hayama or Gomi.
- Kojima is a boy in Sana's class at lower school, he has short black hair.
In lower school, Sana's friends include Derumi, who is the one with a large forehead and a side-spit in her almost-black hair (similar to Gomi's), with two short pigtails (which are almost circular) held back with blue baubles, Maika, who has a fringe which hangs down in four thick strands, she has a hair-clip in the left of her brown hair and has two short pig-tails held back by bands, Miko, who keeps her brown hair in two plaits, she has a fringe in the same style as Sana and has thick eyelashes and Erika Has most of her fringe pulled back, but four strands fall down. Her hair is just beyond shoulder length, and is also brown.
- Voiced by: Akemi Okamura
- An obsessive fan of Sana who goes to the same middle school, noted for his long eye-lashes, large eyebrows and big nostrils, and his tendency to nose-bleed every time he sees Sana. When he asks Sana to date him, Sana lies and says that she is already going out with Naozumi (as was falsely reported in celebrity magazines). Ishida tells the rest of Sana's friends this lie, which eventually leads to Akito giving up on Sana and dating Fuka while Sana is away to shoot her movie.
- Kazuyuki Komori
- Kazuyuki is a miserable child. He believes himself to be Akito's friend, and walks with him in the corridor, but later discovers Akito doesn't even know who he is (not even Aya does, and she knows everyone's name). A combination of stress, loneliness and his mother's over-protective nature causes him to attempt suicide. He tries to kill Akito, so they can die together, but finds that he cannot do it. He manages to stab Akito in the arm, making Akito a cripple (who cannot use his arm at all), then collapses in tears. Kazuyuki is mentioned again later: after confronting his mother, he moved away. He is in counseling, is a nicer person as a result, and is Hayama's pen-pal.
In the anime Kazuyuki does not try to kill Akito. He instead hides in a store room and Sana and Akito come to find him. Since the door's locked, they try getting in through the window, which resulting in them both getting stuck. In the and they all get out and are rushed to the hospital. No one dies, but they get a bit injured.
- Shota Nakao (anime only)
- Voiced by: Hiroko Konishi
- The dramatic counterpart to Kazuyuki Komori in the anime. He is a delicate, soft-spoken boy who takes care of his younger brothers to help out his busy parents. He joins Akito's karate club at school because he wants to become strong and cool like Akito. But after their first training session which was too tough for him, Shota becomes sick and misses a day of school, breaking his never-absent record. Akito mistakenly believes that Shota wants to quit the karate club, but is afraid to say so. So Akito tells Shota to quit, which makes Shota feels like he's been kicked out of the club, and it depresses him. He becomes further depressed when Mr. Sengoku, his homeroom teacher, doesn't even remember that Shota is in his class.
- Despairing at feeling rejected by the two people he admires the most, Shota starts believing that he's invisible. So Shota writes a 2-page letter to Mr. Sengoku and locks himself up in an old storage shed on campus which was the karate club's meeting place. After going missing for a whole day, he is discovered by Sana and Akito, who, while trying to rescue him get their heads stuck in the window, but all three are eventually found and rescued. After they are rescued, Akito tells Shota that they are alike, because Akito also felt invisible and wanted to die when he was having a tough time with his family.
- The first page of Shota's letter mentions Akito, which Mr. Sengoku tries to use to get Akito expelled from school, blaming Akito for making Shota suicidal. But Fuka finds the second page of the letter Mr. Sengoku deliberately hid, which blames Mr. Sengoku for ignoring him. Mr. Sengoku is shamed by this revelation and eventually resigns from school.
- Principal Narunaru
- Voiced by: Chafurin (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English)
- The principal of Jinbo Elementary School. Narunaru is popular, easy-going, and always says "Everything will be all right." The only time he's ever gotten mad is when he learned that Akito once made Miss Mitsuya cry. It was Principal Narunaru who suggests that Akito study karate. His near-identical older twin brother is the principal of Jinbo Middle School.
- Miss Mitsuya
- Voiced by: Azusa Nakao (Japanese), Ashley Gonzales (English)
- Mitsuya is a teacher at Sana's elementary school. She is in love with Mr. Tanaka, a fact that Akito Hayama uses to blackmail them. She is a timid person and at times hides behind Mr. Tanaka.
- Mr. Tanaka
- Voiced by: Mitsuo Iwata (Japanese), Chuck Huber (English)
- Tanaka is the P.E. Coach and teacher. He was being blackmailed by Akito Hayama.
- Sumirei Ando
- Voiced by: Ai Sato (Japanese), Julie Mayfield (English)
- She wears contemporary horn-rimmed glasses, and a considerable amount of makeup. She is considered the school's bossiest teacher and frequently gets angry at the children. When she gets mad (like if some one calls her old) her makeup cracks off her face prompting her to reapply it quickly, usually after a child comments that her "real face is showing." She also has a crush on Zenjiro, and is quite fond of the limbo. While mean, she's stated that the real reason she became a teacher was to make children happy, but she began worrying about losing face with the students and started worrying more about discipline.
- Mr. Sengoku
- Akito's homeroom teacher in middle school. Sengoku despises Akito and picks on him relentlessly. He believes Akito is a violent and dangerous boy by nature and cannot be changed. Akito, on the other hand, pegs Sengoku as the unfair and spiteful person he is, and refuses to curry Sengoku's favor. Sengoku hits Akito, but will not admit it, and tries on several occasions to get Akito expelled. Thus, making Sengoku the main antagonist in Kodocha's second season.
- Mr. Suzuki
- Mr. Suzuki is Akito, Tsuyoshi, Aya, Kazuyuki and Gomi (to name a few)'s tutor. He's an all around good guy, and anti-Sengoku.
- Mr. Mizoguchi
- A scriptwriter who both destroyed & restored Sana's career in season 2. He's terrified of Babbit, mistaking him for a large bug every time. Sana got on his bad side refusing to say a line for a TV drama, but made it up to him working for a low budget educational video. He has chin-length hair he wears pulled back on one side & glasses.
- Director Ono
- Director of the Mizu no Yakata movie Naozumi & Sana starred in. He likes to take risks in his movies that put both himself & his crew in danger. He has long black hair & a huge scar on his face.
- Zenjiro (anime only)
- Voiced by: Sonny Strait (English)
- Zenjiro is the teacher in the TV program Child's Toy, which also stars Sana. Although Child's Toy is mentioned in the books, the teacher is a very different secondary character called Mr. Yonma. Zenjiro is hyper and loud, with large buck teeth; he is apparently based on a real-life TV personality, most likely Sanma Akashiya. Both Mr. Yonma and Zenjiro are from Osaka, just like Sana's best friend Fuuka Matsui.
- Hiroshi Uchiyamada (anime only)
- Voiced by: Naoko Ishii (Japanese), Troy Baker (English)
- Uchiyamada-kun is an overweight child actor who is also in Child's Toy. Hiroshi is normally there when Zenjiro appears.
- Mayu Tomita
- Voiced by: Kaori Asoh (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)
- A young singer, about the same age as Sana herself. She appears only briefly in both the manga and the anime, but is often considered an important character regardless (she even appears in the intro of the second series of the anime, despite not even being in it). Tomita is a strict actress who takes her work very seriously, and is a bit stuck-up as a result. She regards Sana as a rival and finds Sana's laid-back attitude extremely irritating. It is also hinted that she likes Naozumi, so she gets easily jealous when he talks to Sana.
- Ayano Hanamaru Koji Tomomi
- Voiced by: (Japanese), Brina Palencia (English)
- She appears alongside Tomita, also having a part in the intro of the second series despite not being in it. Tomomi is a very quiet girl, but can be persuasive if she wishes to be. She, Tomita, and Sana together form the singing group Sho-Roku-Tai.
- Takeshi Gojo (anime only)
- Voiced by: John Gremillion (English)
- Sana's birth father, but he does not know it. Sana is briefly blackballed in the entertainment industry, due to a ruthless talent agency who tries to take Sana away from Rei. During her dry period, she takes the only job she can get, a small role in a low-profile drama. Mr. Gojo is the small-time actor who plays her father in the movie, and Sana feels an instant connection to him, and begins calling him "Take-chan." They become very close during the filming of the drama without being aware of their true relationship to each other. He eventually finds out his true relationship with Sana, but by that time, he was stricken down by a chronic disease and was dying. However, he still managed to get back to the set and completed the climax scene of the drama. But, his disease overtook him, and he died holding Sana in his arms, promising that he will always be with her.
Characters in America (anime only)
- American version of Hayama, who lives in New York at Gary Hamilton's mansion. He is the son of the Maid, Ramsey (who looks a lot like Shimura). He looks exactly like Hayama, but with different hair and eye color. He also has complete opposite personality from Hayama. Brad is arrogant, mischievous and smiles often. He has feelings for Sicil but Sicil likes Naozumi, so this drives Brad to try and scare Naozumi and Sana into returning to Japan. He knows the Hamilton secret. By the end of the New York episode, he begins to like Sana and Naozumi.
- Sicil Hamilton
- She is Naozumi's half-sister. Her mother is Michelle Hamilton, Gary Hamilton's wife. She cannot dance because of an accident when she was young. Brad likes her and she used to like Naozumi, but her feelings changed after she found out that they were blood related.
- Gary Hamilton
- One of the biggest people in Showbiz at America. He is Naozumi's blood father but he doesn't say so until later on in the story.
- Michelle Hamilton
- Sicil's Mother and choreographer of the Broadway show Naozumi and Sana starred in.
Characters of Deep Clear
- Shuri Otokawa
- The main character of Honey Bitter. She is hired by Rei to figure out why Akito had separated from Sana, which she learns is because he is afraid that she will die giving birth. She becomes friends with Sana and is at the hospital when Sana gives birth. She even convinces Akito to confront his fears by going to the hospital and see the birth go well. Sana is so thankful that she names her newborn daughter after Shuri.
- Youta Kudo
- Shuri's friend from Honey Bitter. He has a huge crush on Shuri and doesn't try to hide it from her. However, he knows that his advances make Shuri uncomfortable.
- Shuri Hayama
- Sana and Akito's daughter. She is born at the end of Deep Clear and is named after Shuri Otokawa. She looks like Akito as a baby but she looks like a mini version of Sana as a toddler.
- Riho Ozaki.
- Naozumi's replacement manager, known for her large breasts, cutesy act, & shrill voice.
- Mr. Onda
- Voiced by: Masaaki Ishikawa (Japanese), Jim Foronda (English)
- Misako's editor, she drives him crazy by not handing her books by their deadlines.
- Noboru Tokiyama (anime only)
- Voiced by: (Japanese), Stephanie Nadolny (English)
- A young boy from Kusatsu who Shizuka tried to fix up with Sana. He appears irregularly thereafter.
- Aono Ohki, later Aono Sasaki
- Voiced by: Miwa Matsumoto (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)
- Tsuyoshi's adorable little sister. She is a fan of Sana. Aono carries around a store-bought egg in the hope that one day it will hatch into a chicken. One day, Sana buys a chick, and swaps it with Aono's egg when she isn't looking. Akito calls Sana an idiot for doing this because someday, Aono will realize what happened, and will feel stupid and humiliated. But Sana insists that as a child you should have dreams, and that the happiness it will bring Aono will be worth the small amount of grief later, because grief goes away, but happy memories are forever.
- It is then that Sana realizes that Rei has been pretending to be her boyfriend the same way Sana gave Aono a chick – to let a child dream. This is how Sana finally gets over Rei, and starts to regard him as a friend and manager. Later on in the anime, it is found out that the chick is a rooster.
- Mrs. Kamura
- Voiced by: (Japanese), Shannon McGrann (English)
- The principal of the Kamura school, a boarding school and home for orphans or abandoned children. Sana was kept there for one month as a baby, although she doesn't remember it. Naozumi also lived there. Naozumi says that although he now lives with his manager, the Kamura school is his real home, Mrs. Kamura is like his mother, and the other children are like his siblings. When Naozumi was a crybaby as a young child, it was Mrs. Kamura who encouraged Naozumi to take up acting, showing him cheerful Sana on the TV and saying that she was an abandoned child, too.
- Keiko Sakai
- Voiced by: (Japanese), Amy Rosenthal (English)
- Sana's birth mother, a very shy and insecure young woman who gave birth to Sana when she was only 14. In the manga it is revealed that her uncle made her pregnant, and she gave birth in a bathtub. Keiko says that she was very much in love with Sana's birth father, but that he has died. When Misako finally meets her, after Keiko offers proof about her bond to Sana, she slaps Keiko and says that even animals know they have to take care of their offspring. She also arranges Sana to meet her. Sana was worried about meeting Keiko, because she was afraid that Misako would give her up; she finds out that Misako had the same worry, that Sana would leave with Keiko. After meeting Keiko, Sana and Misako conclude that it's what in the heart that defines your family, and that they are truly mother and daughter. After meeting Sana, Keiko asks if it is possible that one day Sana would come to live with her. Sana gently but firmly says that she considers Misako as her mom, although she's grateful to Keiko for bringing her to the world.
- Mariko Sakai
- Voiced by: Ayaka Saito (Japanese), Tierney Titus (English)
- Sana's little sister, who is Keiko's daughter. She appears in a total of four pages, but also on the cover of the final book. She is a fan of Sana, not knowing that Sana is her older sister. After meeting Keiko, Sana spends one day having fun at a theme park with Akito, Tsuyoshi and Mariko. Although Sana enjoys her day with Mariko, she realizes that she doesn't feel a familial bond with her or Keiko. Episode 023 of the anime is dedicated to Mariko, where she wanders off to see Sana when a remote for Child's Toy is shot right by her house. She then gets on the channel 108 bus, unbeknownst to everyone but Zenjiro, and then wanders around the studio. Keiko ends up calling Misako for help in finding her "lost" daughter.
- Yuta Takaishi
- The boy that Fuka loved in Osaka. However, when he heard that Fuka had already had her first kiss from Akito (during kindergarten), he thought that it meant Fuka already had a boyfriend, so he began avoiding her. However, Fuka took this to mean that Takaishi didn't like her, because Akito's kiss had tainted her. When Takaishi comes to visit with a group of Fuka's friends from Osaka, he realizes the truth and asks Fuka out, but she refuses, telling him that it simply wouldn't work with them living in different towns. Later when Sana and Akito found his new address they talked him and heard that he has broken with his girlfriend because he still has feeling towards Fuka. Sana and Akito gave the address note and phone number to Fuka that she would can call him anytime. She is wondering should she call him or not.
- In the anime, Fuka gives up on Takaishi after meeting his new girlfriend Shizu. But after she breaks up with Akito, and Takaishi breaks up with Shizu, they clear up their misunderstandings and become a couple.
- Voiced by: Kae Araki
- A very timid girl from Osaka, where Fuka used to live. She becomes Takaishi's girlfriend, and comes along with a group of Fuka's friends to visit Tokyo. She tearfully begs Fuka to not take Takaishi from her, as she knows that Takaishi truly loves Fuka, and that Shizu herself is too quiet for him. Fuka promises Shizu that she won't take Takaishi.
- Miho Obana (anime only)
- Voiced by: Lydia Mackay (English)
- Manga author Miho Obana makes several cameo appearances in the television series, where she is seen wearing a pink kimono and sometimes plays a saxophone. She occasionally pops up in the background, was a contestant in the quiz show episode, and was also the fiancee of Takuya Kimochi, an idol singer of the group SNYAP (a spoof of Takuya Kimura.) Also, her name is frequently referenced: as the author of various books the characters are reading, as the license plate of Rei's car, and as the name of a never-seen school friend of Sana. The only thing she says is "Obana-desu", or "Obana here" in the English dub.
- Earlier episodes in the season show her credited by her maiden name Bornemann.