Shizuku Yoshida (吉田, Yoshida Shizuku (née Mizutani (水谷)) is the main female protagonist of the Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun series. She appears as a first year student at Syoyo High School. Shizuku is a studious, serious looking, cute and slender girl of average height with light, copper-brown hair that she keeps back in twin tails behind her ears and lets her fringe down to the top of her eyes and dark brown eyes. Her main outfit is a regular gakuran; a reddish brown jacket over a cream school sweatshirt and a white shirt with a light blue tie. She wears a black miniskirt checkered with gray lines, and she wears knee high black socks and brown loafers. Outside of school, Shizuku mostly wears old-fashioned clothes; Yoshida has commented on her fashion sense as "grandma-like," though after she graduated she stopped wearing the twin tails and had her hair cut short while still keeping her bangs. Whilst she doesn't put much stake in her appearance regularly, having some believe she's a 'plain-looking', 'frumpy', 'nerd queen', she is actually pretty, especially when she makes an effort, as evidenced by her dolled -up appearance at Yūzan Yoshida birthday party, which shocked Kenji's friends.
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Shizuku can be very candid and apathetic at times, telling classmates that if it's their problem, they should solve it themselves. Shizuku seems to believe in the idea of growth by solving one's own problems. Shizuku is very absorbed in her studies, mostly because she wishes to be like Yoshino Mizutani (Shizuku's mother), who works overtime to accommodate for Takaya Mizutani (Shizuku's father), who had not been successful in his work. She is also sometimes emotionally withdrawn and socially inept. This is shown even as a young girl when she was rather uncaring of her class pet's death. As the teacher and students crowded around the pet, mourning the death of their rabbit, Shizuku asked to be excused, saying that she had to go home and do her homework. That earned her the nickname of "Dry Ice", in which Shizuku's father, even said that she had been more interested in math problems than dolls as a child, suggesting the influence that her often-absent mother had on her. Shizuku seemed to revere her mother because she was a hard-working and smart woman, unlike her father. Shizuku often states that she does not care what people think of her. What she cares about is being top of the school.
It has been noted several times that Shizuku is very dense when it comes to other people and what they're trying to say. This is especially shown when Kenji Yamagucci (nickname Yamaken) attempts to get his feelings of affection across to her. She doesn't realize and acts as if he is a new friend and study mate until Yamaken finally outright confesses to her. Shizuku looked up to Yoshino Mizutani (Shizuku's mother) very much and often called her mother when she received full points on her tests. Because her mother was often absent, Shizuku often makes the food for the family and buys what they need from the supermarket. In the same year as the "Dry Ice" incident, Shizuku decided that she wished to raise goldfish in a pot placed in her backyard. Although she claimed she had no interest in goldfish, she had researched how to care for goldfish and was set on the project. She wished to show the goldfish that she had raised in the festival for her mother to see. However, when her mother called and told her that she would be unable to make it to the festival, Shizuku decided to give up on the goldfish.
On the first day of school, Shizuku witnessed a group of seniors beating up a classmate. She contemplated on telling a teacher, but decided not to after rationally deciding that they would go after her if they knew she told. Not long after, she saw Haru Yoshida run in and fight the seniors. Initially, Shizuku sat next to Haru Yoshida in homeroom, but because of his suspension, she never saw him. One day, one of her teachers asked her to take some notes over to Haru's apartment and also to remind him that if he did not come to school again, he would be expelled from the school. She went over to his house and met Mitsuyoshi Misawa (Haru's older cousin and guardian). She briefly encountered Haru who started yelling at a guy because he made Haru lose a game. She tried to talk to him, but he jumped out of the nearest window before she could get a word out. She decided to leave the notes with Mitsuyoshi, but sooner after on her way home, Haru sprang from the bushes and pinned her to the ground, demanding to know if she was a spy from the school. She frantically said no and scurried away from him. Suddenly, he acted nicer to her and asked for her name. She hesitated gave to him and somehow, Haru claimed her to be his friend. The next day, the same teacher asked her to try to convince Shizuku to go back over and convince Haru to come back to school.
Shizuku managed to return the dog to its owner, but Haru took her to a fast food restaurant.
Due to her fear of Haru and her indifference, she declined. However, on her way from school, Haru took her into an alley and led her to an open field where he kept a dog. Shizuku managed to return the dog to its owner, but Haru took her to a fast food restaurant. There, they met Kenji Yamaguchi and his friends who immediately ask Haru for some money. He hesitated, but gave in when one of them reminded that they were "friends". Once they left, Haru and Shizuku had an awkward talk about school. Shizuku tried to encourage him to come back, but he declined since he had Shizuku and Kenji and his friends. Shizuku openly admitted that Kenji and his friends were merely using him and asked him what kind of friends would treat him like that. Instead of thinking that over, Haru dumped his drink on Shizuku and called her a terrible person and walked away.
However, he rejected her and told her that their concept of love was different.
Furious, Shizuku ran out and threw her drink at him, which started a chase. Shizuku and Yoshida first met when Shizuku delivered some class readings and homework as requested by their teacher. It was shown that Haru was suspended from school because of a fight that happened at the start of the school year, although even after his suspension was raised he rarely comes to school because of his fear of human interaction that is until he met Shizuku who he immediately considered a friend. After a few encounters, Haru confusingly conveys his feelings to Shizuku after she stood up for him against Kenji and his friends, surprising the latter. Haru started attending school the next day having been attached to Shizuku and wanting to see her more. Meeting Haru would inadvertently make Shizuku see a vast world beyond school and studying, whilst also making her feel emotions she hasn't shown before, eventually she started to realize her feelings towards Haru and decided to confess to him over time that she loves him and that she meant it. However, he rejected her and told her that their concept of love was different. Shizuku took back her words, and told him that she'll wait for him to fall in love with her before saying it again. The two would remain close to each other throughout their school year.
Haru easily gets erratic when Shizuku is with another guy, especially Yamaken.
29, causing Shizuku to push Haru away to focus more on her studies even going far as saying that she no longer has feelings for him. Haru remembered what his aunt Kyoko told him before she died: to "find people whose presence is enough to soothe the pain.", realizing that it was Shizuku who soothed him every day, he told her that he loved her. He then became inseparable and almost clingy to Shizuku. He licked her hand on one occasion when she tried to give him tickets to the school festival and nearly kissed her when she waited to give him a present from Natsume on the way home flustering her. Haru easily gets erratic when Shizuku is with another guy, especially Yamaken. He even tells her to avoid his brother for her own good. Shizuku realizes that she still loves Haru from the time of the very first confession, and that she was only running away from her true feelings because of her grades suffering due to her inability to control her emotions. She asks him to give her more time to think about their relationship with Haru happily agreeing.
Over the course of winter, Haru admits that he is jealous of Shizuku attending winter study with Yamaken but after months of thought she finally confesses to Haru that he shouldn't worry because she does indeed love him. However, Haru causes a scene and continues to embarrass Shizuku during her time attending the winter study. Eventually, She realizes that her inability to understand him is the root of their problem. She promised Haru that they would have a picnic together next year but he has to behave for the rest of her winter study. On their picnic day which ends up being skiing in the mountains, Shizuku makes it her goal to make Haru have fun as a way to repay Haru for being there for her. During valentines (which also happens to be Shizuku's birthday), Shizuku felt upset about her mother not going home for her birthday. Haru visited her and gave her a fountain pen as a present.
While the two walked around, Haru encouraged Shizuku to call her mom, letting her hold his hand so she won't be scared. After that, Shizuku gave Haru a valentine's chocolate saying it is not "end of the year present but a valentine's one", telling Haru that she likes him, and kissing him afterwards. Shizuku admits to her mom that she was in love with Haru, the latter seems to give her approval. During this time, Haru would start to grow up for the sake of Shizuku (with the help of his friends); being able to control his violent tendencies and becoming more understanding overall. Haru and Shizuku decide to go out. As of Chapter 31, the two are now officially going out. They both realize that nothing much has changed, causing Shizuku to question the benefits of going out with Haru, but soon realizes what it is. Shizuku also started learning more about Haru bit by bit through Haru's relatives and acquaintances, however, she also started becoming jealous of him because what Haru has (but doesn't need) is what she wants.