Chiharu Tanaka (田中 千春) is a main support character in the romantic comedy shōjo manga and anime series Lovely★Complex created by Aya Nakahara. Chiharu is from the Osaka Prefecture on Honshu Island in Japan and is a close friend of Risa Koizumi.
In the anime, Chiharu is seen with black hair and blue eyes. In the manga, she has light brown hair and brown eyes. Chiharu wears a school uniform consisting of a white dress shirt, brown skirt, blue knee-high socks with white stripes, a properly fit red ribbon, and brown dress shoes. During warmer weather she wears a peach sweater vest with a red stripe and star, and in the winter she wears a peach cardigan with red stripes on the arm, red buttons, a red star, and a red loose fitting ribbon. She wears the same uniform to school in the manga as she does in the anime, but only during school ceremonies and other important school events. Chiharu is usually seen wearing old lady clothing in the anime, but is quite fashionable in the manga. Her hair is always worn straight and down with the acceptation of when she's swimming where she has her hair tied up. The way Chiharu looks is often compared to Ōtani's ex-girlfriend, Kanzaki.
Chiharu is a very kind and shy girl who is not very outspoken, though she has been seen to get extremely violent when upset. Notably when she picked up a school desk and threw it at Suzuki after he almost willingly handed Chiharu over to another man. Chiharu is considered the smartest person of their friend group and even helped Risa study to get into Maido Academy. Chiharu is very supportive of Risa and Ōtani's relationship, but often remains in the background letting Nobu help them.
Love Interests Edit
Suzuki is Chiharu's boyfriend, they have been together since the summer of their first year of high school. Their relationship was fairly ordinary throughout the series until it came to college entrance exams. Suzuki and Chiharu aimed for the same university, studying together and finally taking entrance exams together, but Suzuki failed due to him falling ill that day. This caused some strain on their relationship. This strain was furthered when Yoshio Hosokawa came forward telling Suzuki that he was no good for Chiharu since he had failed the entrance exams, but that he (Yoshio) had passed them and therefore was worthy of Chiharu. Yoshio asked Suzuki to give Chiharu to him, to which Suzuki replied with, "I'll think about it." This greatly upset Chiharu as she wanted to be with Suzuki, not Yoshio, and wanted Suzuki to know he is worthy of her, too, which prompted her to throw a desk at him out of anger. Suzuki goes to Yoshio with the intention of talking it out, but Ōtani's big mouth initiates a judo match between the two instead. Suzuki ultimately loses the judo match against Yoshio, but despite this Chiharu and Suzuki remain together. Chiharu tells Suzuki that he is worthy of her love and that she will wait for him to take the entrance exams next year so they can continue schooling together.
Risa is Chiharu's longest-known friend, having gone to junior high together and studying together for entrance exams into Maido Academy. Chiharu is very supportive of everything Risa does, but fails to give any helpful advice. Rather, she is more like Risa's personal cheerleader.
Nobu and Chiharu met during their first year of high school and have been close friends since. Chiharu is often seen supporting Nobu's words of advice to Risa.
Ōtani and Chiharu met during their first year of high school. Unbeknownst to Chiharu, Ōtani had a massive crush on her (possibly due to her resemble to his ex, Mayu). Chiharu finds it very easy to talk to Ōtani due to his small stature making him the first male she ever talked to in the series.
Nakao is Nobu's boyfriend, and Chiharu's friend due to association. Nakao and Chiharu are not particularly close due to Chiharu's overwhelming fear of men, but despite this she still seems to trust Nakao.