Character Info-School Rumble
Class 2-C members
A class in the second year of high school (roughly 11th grade by US grade counting), Class 2-C contains most of the series main characters.
- Tsukamoto Tenma (塚本 天満 Tsukamoto Tenma)
Tsukamoto Tenma is the female protagonist who loves Karasuma Ōji. Tenma is short, undeveloped and childish for her age. She often is mistaken as being younger than her classmates and her younger sister. One of her obvious physical features are the little ponytails in her hair, which often wiggle if she is happy or excited. She is also dense, slow and unreliable. Despite her negative qualities Tenma is good-natured and friendly. She enjoys professional wrestling, and although her classmate Harima is hopelessly in love with her, she is completely unaware of his feelings for her.
Note: Tenma has some sort of psychokinetic power, and can bend spoons with her mind, which is seen in the first episode of the OVA. This ability is also mentioned in the first episode of the series, when she talks to Yakumo about wanting to be in the same class as Karasuma.
- Harima Kenji (播磨 拳児 Harima Kenji)
Harima Kenji is the male protagonist, an ex-delinquent who loves Tenma. Although he does not practice any specific martial arts style, few people are able to match him in hand-to-hand combat. He has the ability to communicate with animals, and possesses a wide variety of strange and exotic pets. He has a little brother, Shuuji, who likes Yakumo.
Harima’s dream is to become a famous mangaka, but every time he is in trouble with his work, he secretly resources to Tenma’s sister, Yakumo, to help him. A problem arises is because of this secret as people often see Harima and Yakumo together and those who know them believe that they are actually dating. Because Tenma believes that her sister and Harima are dating, Harima, who fails every time he tries to clear this misunderstanding decides to leave Japan by sea (only to return later due to Gotō Kengai).
Every time Harima finds the courage to tell Tenma his true feelings, something happens in order to prevent him from doing so. Harima also has to deal with some conflicts involving his classmate Eri, unaware of the fact she has a crush on him.
Note: Sawachika calls Harima by an alternative nickname: “Hige” (”Moustache”/”Beard”)
- Karasuma Ōji (烏丸 大路 Karasuma Ōji)
Karasuma Ōji is Tenma’s love interest. He enjoys dressing as a kappa and lacks facial expression. He has strange skills such as riding a bike very fast and the ability to drive buses. He enjoys eating curry. Although unspoken, he seems to be excellent at dodging any flying projectiles including Harima’s Hurricane Kick. Karasuma is a famous mangaka, but almost none of his classmates know about it (except Harima Kenji), because he publishes his works under the pen name of Nijō jō(二条丈). Although it seems like Tenma’s feelings for him are unrequited, behind his poker face he sometimes shows true concern for her in the story.
Note: His surname, Karasuma, can be misread as Torimaru, which Harima had mistakenly called him once.
- Sawachika Eri (沢近 愛理)
Eri is a close friend of Tenma. Her father is a wealthy European and her mother is half-Japanese. She has great difficulty with Kanji. Eri is extremely wealthy and is rather spoiled (Western Europeans in Japan are stereotyped to be billionaires and extremely snobby), Eri has a great admiration for her father, but she can not manage to spend much time with him because he rarely comes home because of work commitments.
Further in the story, Harima accidentally says “I Love You” to Eri, when in reality he was trying to say this to Tenma; Eri soon develops strong feelings towards him that she refuses to admit to herself and her friends. She is very jealous towards him, especially when rumors of him dating Tenma’s sister start to spread, but she is still unaware of Harima’s true love interest.
Note: Harima usually calls Sawachika with an alternative nickname: “Ojō” (literally “young lady” or “miss,” but used only to address someone of high social status)
- Suō Mikoto (周防 美琴)
Mikoto is a close friend of Tenma. She is tall, well-developed, and tomboyish. She has a black belt in Kenpo, and is often seen sparring with her childhood friend Haruki. She had a crush on a senpai of hers, but she gave up on him after discovering he had already met someone. Often harassed by Imadori because of her D-cup size, she has a love-hate relationship with him. Mikoto and Eri appear to be close friends but have a falling out during the story because Eri was caught talking about her to Tenma behind her back.
- Takano Akira (高野 晶)
Akira is another close friend of Tenma. She is very perceptive, resourceful, intelligent, and also very mysterious. Akira is President of the Tea Club. In a side story during summer break, Takano is seen as a spy or secret agent protecting a young boy. In the anime this scene is one of many computer generated scenes that are seen throughout the anime.
Akira has some uncommon hobbies such as planning war games and wearing full body costumes. In her class, she also knows exactly who likes whom but for unexplained reasons, stays silent on the matter. Strangely enough, she has the ability to see through the true intentions of people. Because of this ability she never really misunderstood situations such as when Eri was caught by a naked Harima in a out-of-hand situation.
- Hanai Haruki (花井 春樹)
As class representative of 2-C, Hanai takes his duties seriously, always trying to keep his classmates in line, especially the males. Unable to have second thoughts, he always says exactly what comes into his mind and is hopelessly in love with Yakumo.
When he was a child, he was shy, weak, and always been bullied by other children. This scenario changed with a little help from Mikoto, who has been his friend since that time. He attends the same dojo as her and has a black belt in Kenpo as well. Despite Hanai and Mikoto having their own love interests, characters around them sometimes think that they are too close to be just friends.
Hanai is also Harima’s rival, usually due to some misunderstandings between them that they usually sort out through violence. The main instance of their rivallry came to pass because Hanai mistakenly thought that Harima was interested in Yakumo. Although they put all of their strength into their matches, they always get interrupted in the middle, or end in a draw.
- Imadori Kyōsuke (今鳥 恭介)
Imadori is the class’s number one pervert, he has the (not so) special skill of knowing a girl’s cup size just by looking. Interested only in girls with breast size D or larger, the main targets of his flirting are the well endowed Mikoto and Lala Gonzalez, and he continues to pursue them constantly, although they are strong enough to beat him down. He enjoys the tokusatsu show “Hatenkou Robo Dozibiron”, though he really should be too old for it.
- Nara Kentarō (奈良 健太郎)
Nara Kentarō is the class nobody who tries to fit in. He has feelings for Tenma, but any chance he gains to approach her is foiled by Harima. Curiously, according to the mangaka, his original intentions were having Nara as the series’ main character, but somehow he was defined as one of the least important ones.
- Ichijō Karen (一条 かれん)
Ichijō Karen has monstrous strength despite having a weak looking appearance. She is a member of the amateur wrestling club. Her power amazes even her strongest male classmates. Despite her strength she has a kind nature. She is in love with Imadori, but he initially avoids her, not only because of her small measures, but also because he fears her strength.
- Asō Hiroyoshi (麻生 広義)
Asō Hiroyoshi is a quiet, athletic character who works part-time as a waiter in the same Chinese restaurant as Sara, despite the fact that his family has their own restaurant. He also seem to have feeling for Mikoto.
- Yoshidayama Jirō (吉田山 次郎)
Yoshidayama Jirō dreams of ruling the school as the top delinquent, but his plans are foiled by the fact that there are students much stronger than him, such as Harima. He has feelings for Eri.
- Fuyuki Takeichi (冬木 武一)
Fuyuki Takeichi pretends to take photos of the girls in the school for the yearbook but in reality he sells them to the other male students.
- Umezu Shigeo (梅津 茂雄)
Umezu Shigeo is a boys’ track team member and is the boyfriend of Kido Madoka. He received his first kiss from her during the athletic festival. Lately he is constantly depressed as he is discovering more and more evidences indicating that Madoka may be cheating on him.
- Nishimoto Ganji (西本 願司)
Nishimoto Ganji is a huge but timid figure. His family operates a video store, and he is known to host “ero meetings” discussing girls. Hailed as “Buddha Nishimoto” for his great collection of porn, among other reasons.
- Suga Ryūhei (菅 柳平)
Suga Ryūhei is a close friend of Asou Hiroyoshi and belongs to the boys’ basketball team. In the story he is currently looking for a girlfriend.
- Sagano Megumi (嵯峨野 恵)
Sagano Megumi is close friends with Ichijou Karen and Yuuki Tsumugi. She belonged to the girls’ basketball team when she was in junior high, but became the manager for the boys’ basketball team because there wasn’t a girls’ team in senior high. Though she seems concerned about her classmates’ relationships, she doesn’t seem to care about her own, and thus has no boyfriend.
- Yūki Tsumugi (結城 つむぎ)
Yūki Tsumugi has severe near-sightedness, and is the only meganekko in the class. She is the substitute class representative when Hanai Haruki is unavailable. She also had a crush on him, but she gave up on him after she saw how well Mikoto gets along with him. She belongs to the astronomy club.
- Ōtsuka Mai (大塚 舞)
Ōtsuka Mai has been class representative for nine years straight. She has freckles, and likes fairy tales (though she denies it herself). According to the “ero society” data, she hides a fair-sized bust for some reason.
- Kido Madoka (城戸 円)
Kido Madoka is a track team member, and a very fast runner according to Umezu Shigeo, who is her boyfriend, but apparently he is not the only one she is dating.
- Kinugawa Ayano (鬼怒川 綾乃)
Kinugawa Ayano is a track team member. She works at her family’s sento, so she is used to seeing naked bodies.
- Mihara Kozue (三原 梢)
Mihara Kozue is the gyaru stereotype of the class. She enjoys bodyboarding, and got a tan in the process. A fast runner, but bad at karaoke.
- Rinko (隣子)
Rinko is an originally unnamed girl who sits next to Harima. A Japanese fansite named her Rinko, literally meaning the neighbour girl, and the anime was influenced to name her as such.
- Nagayama Toki (永山 朱鷺)
Nagayama Toki is a beautiful girl with long black hair that even Kobayashi Jin described as “a hidden gem”. She went out with Tanaka Kazuya after 2-C’s survival game, and they became a couple.
- Tanaka Kazuya (田中 一也)
Tanaka Kazuya is captain of the soccer team. He took advantage of the situation during the survival game and asked Nagayama Toki to go out with him. It is explained that they have become a fast couple ever since.
- Ishiyama Hiroaki (石山 広明)
Ishiyama Hiroaki has a limited sense of presence as other people call him “the other person”. A friend of Tanaka and participant of Nishimoto’s ero meetings.
- Saeko (冴子)
Saeko’s family name is unknown. Saeko is apparently good at taming men and writing dark stories.
- Mina Yukino (雪野美奈)
This character’s distinguishing feature is her wavy hair. She is often seen in the background with Rinko. She was part of the Tea Shop team during the survival game. It is interesting to note that she has remained unnamed in the manga and that her name was introduced in the anime. She appears on volume 9’s cover insert.
Class 1-D members
- Tsukamoto Yakumo (塚本 八雲)
The shy younger sister of Tsukamoto Tenma, Yakumo was born with a variety of gifts. Not only she is able to read the thoughts of boys who like her (and also her sister), but further in the story it is shown that she also has the ability to communicate with ghosts. She also has innate fighting skills, despite her calm demeanor, and has put such skills in use in a few occasions such as against Hanai (when she read a bad thought from him about Tenma and when he tried to kiss her while she was sleeping).
Skilled, reliable, smart, and beautiful, Yakumo is one of the most admired girls in the school. Despite that fact, she has never had a boyfriend. This is due mostly to her mind-reading ability, as she can easily read the secret intentions of any boy who tries to approach her. The only exception is Harima, whose heart belongs completely to another girl; thus, his mind is completely opaque to her (During the OVA, Yakumo was able to read his mind for an instant, when he mistook her for his beloved Tenma). Although she has some difficulty socializing with other teens and adults (especially the male ones), Yakumo can easily interact with children, quickly gaining their trust and affection. Like Harima, Yakumo has a fondness for animals and she becomes friends with him because of his caring nature towards her cat, Iori. Yakumo proofreads Harima’s manga for him and helps keep his manga writing hobby a secret.
Though both sisters live in the same house, Yakumo is the one who does most of the household chores because Tenma is a complete failure in the kitchen and at almost everything else. However, Yakumo doesn’t care as she knows her older sister is one of the few people who truly cares about her. She is also a member of the Tea Club.
Harima usually calls Yakumo with an alternate nickname “Imouto-san” (Little sister).
- Sarah Adiemus (サラ・アディエマス)
A close friend of Yakumo, Sarah works in the same restaurant as Asou. She is an exchange student from the UK, and a nun at a local Catholic church. Member of the Tea Club.
- Tawaraya Satsuki(俵屋 さつき)
Despite being short for her age, Tawaraya Satsuki is a passionate basketball rookie who has a crush on Asou.
Class 2-D members
Due to some hostilities between some of its students and even their homeroom teachers, classes 2-C and 2-D became mutual rivals during the School Sports Festival. Later in the manga, this grudges weakens to a point where some of the 2-D students make some friends in class 2-C.
Tōgō Masakazu (left) and Harry Mackenzie (right)
- Harry Mackenzie (ハリー・マッケンジー)
Harry Mackenzie is a blonde haired exchange student, skilled at fighting. Rival of Harima Kenji and Hanai Haruki. (Note: Harry Mackenzie is pronounced Harii Makkenjii in Japanese, which makes it sounds like Harima Kenji when pronounced fast, leading to some confusion & comedic misunderstandings in the story). He rides a golden motorbike with a Hyaku decal and often wears red clothing and red shades. This makes him a parody of the character Quattro Bajeena (Char Aznable) from Gundam.
- Tōgō Masakazu (東郷 雅一)
Tōgō Masakazu is Class rep. who sees Class C as a rival. Obliviously self-confident. Unfortunately, his character leads him to rejections from his classmates. Another parody of a Gundam character Anavel Gato. Recently he has shown some interest in Tenma, to the despair of Harima.
Note: Some people around Tōgō usually refer to him with an alternate nickname “Macaroni”, probably because he likes to put Italian words in his sentences.
- Lala Gonzalez (ララ・ゴンザレス)
Lala Gonzalez is an exchange student from Mexico, and a skilled practitioner of Lucha libre fighting. She belongs to the same amateur wrestling club as Ichijō who she sees her as a rival, often shouting “Ichijō!” when she meets her. Lala doesn’t like Ichijō’s name because her mother, who abandoned her and her father when she was a child, was also named Karen. And yet another Gundam parody. This one is Lalah Sune.
- Tennōji Noboru (天王寺 昇)
Tennōji Noboru is a delinquent who deems Harima as his rival. He is often shown much larger than he really is. He has a little sister named Mio who likes Harima’s little brother, Shuuji. He also shows interest towards Tenma (temporarily) and Mikoto.
- Tani Hayato (谷 速人) – Class 2-C homeroom teacher. Teaches English. Very soft-spoken. Owns a collection of toy dinosaurs.
- Katō Kyōji (加藤 矜持) – Class 2-D homeroom teacher. Has an unlikeable personality.
- Osakabe Itoko (刑部 絃子) – Physics teacher and cousin of Harima Kenji (Note: “Itoko” is also homonymous with the word “cousin” in Japanese which makes it a pun. Due to this pun, when Harima Kenji says “my cousin” it can be mistaken that he is saying “my Itoko”).
- Sasakura Yōko (笹倉 葉子) – Art teacher and old friend of Osakabe.
- Anegasaki Tae (姉ヶ崎 妙) – School’s infirmary nurse. She let Harima Kenji live at her house during the time when his dream was temporarily crushed when he found out that Nijōfu was Karasuma Ōji. She also seems to be attracted to him.
- Kōriyama (郡山) – Physical education teacher, often referred by the class of 2-C as Goriyama due to his gorilla like physique.
- Harima Shūji (播磨 修治) – Younger brother of Harima Kenji. Despite the fact he secretly likes Yakumo, he shows true concern about Tennōji Mio, who is also his classmate.
- Ichijō Kōsuke (一条 康介) – Younger brother of Ichijou Karen. A Dojibiron fan as well.
- Tennōji Mio (天王寺 美緒) – Younger sister of Tennouji Noboru. She is friends with Harima Shuuji and has a crush on him.
- Nakamura (中村) – Butler of the Sawachika family. A former soldier.
- Kōtsu Masahiro (神津 正弘) – Suō Mikoto’s former tutor and first love. He found a girlfriend after he graduated from high school, breaking Suou’s heart.
- Gotō Kengai (五島 玄海) – Captain of the Kikokumaru, a fishing boat. Formerly an unsuccessful manga artist, he inspired and motivated Harima Kenji when Harima run away from Japan to the sea to forget his troubles.
- Iori (伊織) – A black stray cat with a scar on its forehead who has lived in the Tsukamoto household since he was tamed by Yakumo.
- Alexander – Harima’s pet frog.
- Pyotr – Once Harima’s pet giraffe. He was later moved to a zoo along with all the other zoo animals.
- Napoleon – Harima’s pet pig.
- Anastasia – Harima’s pet penguin.