- "I hate rain. It's my mortal enemy. My name "Haruto" uses the kanji character for "sunny weather." So it makes sense that I'm not my best on rainy days."
- —Haruto Kaguragi[src]
Haruto Kaguragi (
Haruto was born on August 5 into the rich Kaguragi family as the heir to Kaguragi Enterprises. His father and mother were constantly busy with work, so they would they would buy him puzzles to "keep [him] occupied." Haruto was also forced by his father to do several "tests", such as leaving him in the mountains. The family's butler Kobayashi has taken care of Haruto since he was a child.
He began attending Eitoku Academy as a young child and first met Airi Maya in kindergarten. In third grade, he gained Airi's respect by carrying her to their destination on a field trip. He and Airi later ran away from home together to an abandoned factory. Airi confessed her feelings for him there, though he did not realize it at the time. Haruto also became friends with Kaito Taira, Issa Narumiya, Sugimaru Eibi in elementary school.
In middle school, Haruto was regularly bullied by older students, who would take away his allowance each month. One day, Tsukasa Domyoji, the infamous leader of the F4, saved Haruto from them by beating them up. Tsukasa called him "pathetic" for taking the bullying "without putting up a fight". This sparked an ambition in Haruto to become strong like Tsukasa. He began training day-and-night from that day on. Two years later, before Tsukasa left for America, Haruto reminded him about the incident and promised to take care of Eitoku for him. Tsukasa replied "right, I leave it in your hands."
After forming the Correct 5, he started attending Eitoku Senior High with the other members, Kaito, Issa, Sugimaru, and Airi. Haruto created the Correct 5 in order to combat Eitoku's failing reputation. The Correct 5 would hold "peasant hunts", meaning they forced the poor students to withdraw from the school.
- "He and that Tsukushi Makino... Why would he go and choose such a common woman? I cannot accept it. There's no way I care the least bit about that girl! That girl hit my face with a piece of meat! Making her quit the academy is not enough! I'm going to making her suffer for that!"
- —Haruto refuses to believe he could have feelings for Oto[src]
Haruto first met Oto Edogawa, when she accidentally ran in front of his car. Later that day, Haruto's butler Kobayashi injured his back, before retrieving Haruto's mail-order items. Haruto decided to go to the convenience store by himself to pick-up the items. Oto instantly recognized Haruto. He worried that Oto would reveal his mail-order item obsession. In the morning, Haruto told Oto to "get out". They then noticed a female student being bothered by two guys. Oto called him "pathetic" for not helping her. The word reminded Haruto of his vow to Tsukasa about protecting Eitoku. Haruto finally stepped in and punched one of the guys as the other students cheered. However, he could not enjoy the moment for long, since Oto threatened to tell his secret, if he kicked her out of school.
The next day, Haruto was happy about the attention he was receiving, but was still worried about Oto. He consulted the Correct 5 about what to do. Issa suggested for him to make Oto his girlfriend. Haruto went with his plan and asked Oto to a barbecue at his home. The party did not go as he planned and ended with Oto slapping him with a "hunk of beef". Before leaving, Oto called him "the worst", deeply angering Haruto. He spied on her at work, where he saw her co-worker follow her home. Haruto saved her by kicking him in the back. Flustered by his own actions, Haruto admitted to following her. She called him "creepy", which caused him to become depressed. Later that night, a maid informed that someone was waiting for him at the gate. It was Oto, who thanked him for saving her.
Haruto forced Oto's co-worker to quit, after the incident. At school, Haruto told Oto about it and coaxed her into thanking him. He then asked her out to eat pancakes, having overheard her conversation with her friends. They met up the following Sunday. He had bought the pancake shop earlier, so they would not have to wait in line. Haruto asked her about her reasons for staying at Eitoku and assumed it was because of the F4. He took her on a "pilgrimage" to the F4's houses. At Tsukasa Domyoji's home, they were invited inside by Tama. Oto took that moment to explain that her real reason for staying at Eitoku was her fiancé.
Oto's secret revealed
- Haruto: "I know this is really rude of me to ask, but I'm going through a lot of upheaval right now. It feels like I'm powerless. In this situation, what would Mr. Domyoji do?"
- Rui: "Who knows? He's a wild one. When everything's a mess, he only has eyes for what's most important."
- — Rui's advice to Haruto[src]
After learning that Oto was engaged, Haruto was unable to stop himself from calling her "pathetic". He soon began feeling a strange "pain in [his] chest". He visited Sugimaru, who told him about Momonozono's Tenma Hase. At home, Kaito told him that Tenma was Oto's fiance. Haruto fell ill for three days, which Kaito speculated was because he was in love with Oto. He denied it. Sugimaru enlisted Haruto's help in infiltrating Momonozono. They were recognized by the other students, who began surrounding them. Tenma stepped in and called them his "guests". Haruto became irritated by Tenma and left soon after. Depressed, Haruto's legs carried him to the convenience store. Seeing Oto, Haruto asked "won't it do?", before rephrasing it to "won't I do?"
They were interrupted by Oto's coworker, Konno. Haruto fell over and began complaining of a stomachache. He refused to go home, leading Konno to invite him and Oto to her apartment. Konno left them alone while she went to get drinks. Oto asked Haruto about his question and assumed that he was "comparing [him]self to [Tsukasa]". It was actually Tenma, but he did not correct her. On their way home, he tried to apologize for being rude earlier, but she brushed it off with a smile. Haruto then told her "don't say that your life has absolutely nothing to do with me", referring to something she told him previously. The next day, Haruto ran into Oto at the school gate. She told him to "stay away", just before he spotted a flier on the ground.
Airi revealed to Haruto that she posted the fliers outing Oto as a "peasant". Haruto was extremely angry and told her if she continued talking that he would "beat [her] up." Later that day, Kaito confronted about doing a "peasant hunt" on Oto. Haruto agreed, telling himself that "there are no exceptions." However, when the time came, he found that he could not bring himself to do it. Calling him a "wuss", Airi ran downstairs to do it herself. Haruto chased her and they saw Oto lying on the ground. A second later, Tenma, who had just paid her donation, saved her from the other students. Tenma declared to Haruto that he would "crush" him if he ever hurt Oto again.
Following the incident, Haruto felt immensely guilty for his role in Oto getting beaten. He thought "if [he] had sprung into action sooner", Oto would not have gotten hurt. His thoughts were suspended when two students walked by. Looking for a quiet place, Haruto ended up at the high school's emergency stairwell. Haruto was surprised to see the F4's Rui Hanazawa. He accidentally dropped his "calming amethyst", which Rui found interesting. As Rui was leaving, Haruto asked him "what would Mr. Domyoji do" in Haruto's place. Rui replied that Tsukasa "only has eyes for what's most important." In this moment, Haruto had an epiphany and realized that he was in love with Oto. He raced to the hospital to see her.
At the hospital, Haruto accidentally touched Oto's breast. Oto knocked him out with a punch. After waking up, Haruto apologized for her getting hurt and placed all the blame squarely on his shoulders. The two made up and became friends again. The next day, Haruto forgave Airi for exposing Oto. He later went to the convenience store to see Oto. Konno invited them to hang out with her and her boyfriend, Mi-tan. Haruto was nicknamed "Haruchin" (
Airi apologized to Oto for trying to force her out of Eitoku. Haruto was skeptical about her sincerity, but Oto forgave her anyway. She brought Oto and Haruto to a retail store. While the employees were dressing Oto, Airi brought up the time she and Haruto ran away. Oto came out of the dressing room, just as Airi asked if he remembered what she said at the time. Haruto was then sent to a cafe to wait for the girls. Airi met him by herself, saying Oto "went off somewhere". A few seconds later, Airi showed Haruto a surveillance video of Oto and Tenma. Haruto demanded to know where they were. Airi did not reveal anything, so Haruto left to find Oto and Tenma. Some time later, Haruto was able to find the two of them in the basement of the store.
Two days later, Airi had been missing and her parents filed a missing-person report. Haruto, however, was unconcerned and told Kaito, "I don't care what happens to that girl." Frustrated, Kaito left Haruto and Oto alone to think over their last interaction with Airi. Haruto mentioned Airi talking about the abandoned factory, which Oto thought was probably where she was. He rejected the idea and the two dissolved into an argument. After Oto left, Haruto went over the memory in his head again. In that moment, he remembered what Airi told him and finally realized her feelings for him. He made his way to the factory, where Oto was watching over Airi. He apologized "for not responding" sooner and carried her to the factory's entrance.
- "Mr. Domyoji, I heard that you dated a commoner girl. And that you even proposed to her. I could never fathom why you did that, but did things go smoothly for you with her?"
- —Haruto to his Tsukasa portrait[src]
A few days later, the Correct 5 went to a resort, where Issa was holding a flower arranging demonstration. Haruto just happened to be thinking of Oto, when they ran into each other on the beach. After the demonstration, Haruto went into the resort's hot springs and accidentally saw a naked girl. Flustered, Haruto immediately fled the scene. He took Oto home that night, but did not mention the incident. The next day, the girl, a model named Megumi Nishidome, visited Eitoku to return Haruto's wallet. Haruto made several attempts to get her to leave. Oto saw the two of them talking. He tried to explain the situation to her, though she told him that "it has nothing to with me".
Oto's reaction shattered Haruto and caused to go into a depression. Megumi, who had followed him, encouraged him to go after Oto. Haruto refused since he was worried that Oto may say something worse. Megumi was touched by his words and offered to help him practice his confession. He gathered his courage to say "I like you". Embarrassed, Haruto left, concluding that he could not say that to Oto. The next day, Megumi visited Haruto at his home. He told her to leave until Kobayashi expressed his dissent. Megumi then prepared him and Kobayashi dinner, which caused the butler to pass out. After one bite, Haruto declared that he had "[came] to a decision". He raced off to Oto's work, followed closely by Megumi. Once there, Haruto overheard Oto's conversation with Tenma about them dating.
After seeing Oto and Tenma together, Haruto ran home to throw away his various mail-order items. Haruto called himself a fool and felt like he could not win against Tenma. He was absent for two days, before returning to school. Megumi greeted him, informing him that she had transferred to Eitoku. Haruto ignored her and later decided to go home. He accidentally bumped into a guy on the street. Haruto insulted the guys, leading them to beat him up. Megumi, who had been following him, yelled for a police officer. She asked to "stop hurting [him]self", which touched Haruto. Afterwards, Megumi and Haruto became friends and spent more time together. Megumi later dragged him to an amusement park, where they ran into Oto and Tenma on a date.
Attempts to give up Oto
- "Yes. This is the only way. Even if I see her, I have to pretend I didn't. I just have to wait for time to heal all wounds"
- —Haruto tries to give up on pursuing Oto[src]
Megumi suggested for the four of them to go around the amusement park together. Haruto challenged Tenma on several rides, all of which failed. Tenma, realizing Haruto's motive, asked him if he was "in love with Oto" and declared that he "[would not] give her up." Disheartened, Haruto accidentally got into Oto's carriage on a Ferris wheel. He nearly admitted his feelings to Oto at one point during the ride. A child dangling out of the carriage below. Haruto carefully climbed down to save the child, before falling onto a mattress on the ground. Megumi, who had been watching the whole time, threw her arms around Haruto's neck.
Following his near death experience, Megumi confessed her feelings to Haruto, promising to "cherish" him. That night, Oto visited Haruto's house to ask him about his feelings towards her. He finally admitted that he liked her. Oto thanked him for his honesty. However, since she was dating Tenma, Oto requested that he stop pursuing her. Haruto asked whether she felt "anything after hearing [his] confession", earning him a sharp remark. Kobayashi tried to cheer him up with a puzzle, which formed a photo of Megumi with her phone number. Later, Kaito, Issa, and Sugimaru informed Haruto to about "Eitoku hunting". Hearing this, Haruto decided to refocus his efforts on protecting Eitoku. Kaito advised Haruto to use Megumi to "level up his presence" in the meantime.
One day, Eitoku's gates were vandalized by unknown assailants. Oto spurred the students into cleaning up the graffiti. Kaito told Haruto that they would have to do something about this "unforgivable" act. That night, Airi called Haruto after Oto had failed to meet up with her. Haruto offered little help, only suggesting that she visit Oto's work. Her being missing did bother Haruto, who had to remind himself to forget about her. Later the same night, Haruto went to Oto's work. Seeing spray paint on her face, he deduced that she had been attacked. He quickly became rude at the mention of Tenma taking her to the hospital. In response, Oto informed him that she may be transferring to Momonozono soon.
Pursuing Oto again
Haruto told Oto to "hurry up" when she told him about transferring to Momonozono. Once outside, Haruto started ruining and cursing Tenma for taking her away from Eitoku. At home, Haruto was in the bath when Megumi barged in naked. Haruto covered his eyes, which hurt her feelings. She then held his hand, saying "all of this is yours". Haruto began to think about whether "it [was] okay to give up [on Oto]." Megumi promised to wait for him in his room. In his room, Megumi mentioned that he must be experienced with these kind of situations. Bothered by the comment, Haruto pushed her hand away and began talking about how "everything's a lie". He then said "I only want what [is] real now, to which Megumi reminded him that Oto rejected him. Haruto clearly stated "it [is] only over when I decide to end it." Megumi started to cry and called him a "fool."
Some days later, Haruto saw Oto slumped over by the side of a building. Haruto offered to take her home, seeing that she was crying. He then asked if she had a fight with Tenma, which made her cry more. Haruto admitted that he was "jealous" that Tenma could make her cry so much. Oto tried to walk away, but collapsed and clutched her stomach. Haruto rushed her to the hospital. After being treated, Oto began walking home and Haruto accompanied her, though she insisted that he did not have to. Near her home, Tenma and his vice president Hitoshi Konoe happened upon them. Tenma mentioned Oto accusing of Konoe of being behind the Eitoku attacks earlier. Realizing why Oto was crying, Haruto questioned why Tenma did not believe her "whether she [was] right or wrong."
Before Haruto and Tenma could start fighting, Oto yelled at them to all go home. Haruto stayed and walked with her to the park, where she washed her face. Oto then told him about seeing Konoe give money to the guys who attacked her. Before leaving, Haruto asked her if she was going to be okay at Momonozono with Konoe. Oto informed that she was not transferring, which made Haruto deliriously happy. He hugged her from behind, at which point Tenma walked in. Oto broke Haruto's hold and told Tenma that he was "just joking." Haruto contradicted her and said that he "could [not] hold back [his] feelings anymore." Despite being angry, Tenma simply left with Oto. The following day, Oto warned Haruto to avoid fighting with Tenma, who was an experienced martial artist. When Tenma confronted him that night, Haruto replied saying "bring it on."
Haruto vs. Tenma
- "That's some personality you've got. I suspected that you were too good to be true. And now I finally see the dark side you've been hiding."
- —Haruto after Tenma challenges him[src]
Haruto readily agreed to competing against Tenma in the "Manly Man Festival". Tenma stipulated that if he won, Haruto would have to give up on Oto. The next day, Haruto went to Sugimaru to ask for advice. Sugimaru pointed out that the fight looked like "a battle between Eitoku and Momonozono." Haruto refused to back out, so Sugimaru brought him to train at his family's dojo in Kyoto, where the festival was to be held in two weeks. He began practicing archery with an instructor. One day, Sojiro Nishikado, of the F4, happened by the range. Haruto explained his situation to Sojiro, telling him that his admiration of Tsukasa was one of the reasons he needed to win. After mentioning Oto, Sojiro offered to help him train, saying "I [am] not against it, if it [is] for a girl."
His archery skills improved immensely under Sojiro's care, though he still a long way to go in order to hit the target "consistently." At some point, Haruto brought up Eitoku's fall from grace and his promise to Tsukasa. Sojiro wished him "good luck" with his efforts. On the day of the festival, Haruto was surprised by a huge crowd of Eitoku and Momonozono students. Seeing Konoe's smug face, he immediately knew who had leaked the news. He promised to "kick [Konoe's] butt" after the contest. Haruto went into the first portion with confidence, having prepared a strategy with Sugimaru. However, he became shaken by Tenma's "aura", causing him to falter. Unable to implement his strategy, Haruto was quickly taken down by Tenma.
Before the second round, Haruto became frustrated by his friends' lack of faith in him. Tenma's mood had completely change since the first portion. He missed all three of his tries, while Haruto had managed to hit two targets. Afterwards, Haruto was confronting him, when Konoe showed up. Tenma punched Konoe, now knowing the truth about him. Haruto won the whole competition, after Tenma did not show up for the last event. He was a bit depressed about winning "by default" and talked it over with Sojiro, who said "a win [is] a win." Haruto then went to meet Oto at her hotel. He asked her to break up with Tenma and "be with [him]". Haruto asked her to meet him at Shijo Ohashi Bridge later. She replied "I [am] not going", to which he promised to wait for her nonetheless.
Changes for Haruto
- Haruto: "It doesn't matter anymore. The thing I regret now is that I wasted the winter of my precious junior year focused on that festival. That's all. But, because of that, Eitoku was able to bounce back. It was fun going one-on-one with you."
- Tenma: "You've changed."
- — Tenma is surprised by Haruto's new attitude[src]
After waiting for four hours, Haruto was still confident that Oto would arrive, even telling two strangers as much. He also planned to call Oto by her first name for the first time. Later that night, it began raining in heavily, though he continued waiting. By morning, Haruto believed that he had been rejected, or in his words "completely dissed." Kaito, Issa, and Sugimaru arrived to take him home. Haruto began crying and told them "rain does [not] bring out the best in me." A few days later, Kaito reported to Haruto about Tenma's injury. It happened the same day that Haruto was waiting for Oto, who was with Tenma at the time. Haruto did not view this as hope, saying "She did [not] say anything or come to me. That [is] her answer."
Haruto spent Christmas on his yacht with Kaito. Later, the Correct 5 celebrated New Years' Eve with a party. Kaito then made an announcement about "join[ing] forces" with Momonozono. Haruto refused to answer since he felt that Tenma owed him an apology. Kaito then invited Tenma in the room. He apologized to Haruto, who agreed to form the partnership. Eitoku's popularity grew over the next six months, while Haruto developed a more nonchalant temperament. Tenma later visited Haruto at his home. He explained what happened between him and Oto in Kyoto, including their breakup. Haruto replied "It does [not] matter anymore." This surprised Tenma, but Haruto insisted that it was "all in the past". The next day, Airi asked Haruto to "persuade" Oto to go on the joint summer trip between the two schools. He looked at Oto with indifference and said "So what?"
Later, Haruto went on the summer trip with the others. After arriving at the resort, he noticed that he had several missed calls from Kobayashi but ignored them. Haruto then decided to join a random tour group, instead of going on Megumi's yacht with his friends. He was annoyed to find that Oto was in the same snorkeling tour. The two of them were stranded in the ocean, when the boat left them by accident. Haruto called Oto a "curse" and refused to speak for four hours. She eventually started to pass out, so he offered to hold her. She refused, saying "Why should you care?!" He told that he did not want her to die and started holding her anyway. Just before she fell unconscious, Oto apologized for not meeting him that day on the bridge. The two were then rescued by Airi and Tenma. Haruto opted to return home that night. Oto thanked him and promised him a favor.
Disowned by his father
- "There was a time when all I could think of was you. When I waited all day for you on that bridge and then you didn't come that was the first time I ever felt despair. I couldn't get out of bed for days after that. I was so pissed off at you. I was numb to everything around me. Even though you knew I was waiting, I didn't hear from you at all."
- —Haruto to Oto[src]
Back in Tokyo, Haruto was barred from entering his home by Kobayashi. He was shown a video of his father reporting that Haruto had "failed the test." His father revealed that he planned to adopt a new heir, Kei Windsor, who then introduced himself. Without his phone or wallet, Haruto was forced to sleep at the train station that night. The following day, he waited for Oto at her job. He called in that favor and asked to stay at her place. She then brought him to her apartment, where they learned her mother was on a trip. After settling down to bed, Haruto admitted to Oto that he had wanted to "block out the part of [him] that like [her], which was why he had been acting coldly. Oto then told him that she had sent him a note that day on the bridge. Hearing this, Haruto almost "[took] her in [his] arms" but stopped himself.
The next day was Haruto's eighteenth birthday, though he did not realize it until dinnertime. Having nothing to give him, Oto offered to do "anything." Haruto teased her by asking for a kiss with a serious look on his face. She became irritated with him when he said he was "just kidding." Oto attempted to hit him with and lost her balance, falling on top of Haruto. They quickly extricated themselves when Airi entered the apartment seconds later. Haruto decided to leave with Airi and stay at her house. She insisted that he sleep in her bed. Airi confessed to Haruto that she had been feeling jealous of Oto. He guessed that she liked Tenma, which he said was "never going to happen." Seeing that she was upset, Haruto comforted her until she fell asleep.
Kobayashi came to Airi's house to see Haruto the following day. He informed that he had resigned his position and was going to return to his hometown. Haruto told Kobayashi to wait for him and left to confront Kei. He later found him walking around town with Oto. Seeing them together, Haruto was instantly irritated and began jumping to conclusions. Kei eventually told him that he was helping out at Oto's job and asked Haruto what he wanted. He asked Kei to allow Kobayashi to continue working and then turned to leave. Oto stopped him, trying to explain the situation. Her words angered him and he flung harsh words at her, such as "You're always trying to please everyone!" Kei then defended her so Haruto said "Two shifty people like you make a good match."
Dealing with Kei
Back at Airi's, Haruto told Kobayashi to return to the mansion but he refused. Haruto then snapped, saying "Stop sniveling and go back!" He immediately regretted his words and apologized. Later, Kaito came back to Tokyo and visited Airi's house where he found Haruto. Kobayashi then rushed in with documents he found in Kei's case. The papers were information relating to the Kaguragis and Oto. After relating the whole story to Kaito, he advised Haruto to go explain himself to Oto. Haruto refused and said "Maybe she's with [Kei] by choice!" Airi then came home and informed them that Oto was going to America with a friend, which she had learned from her mother. Haruto realized that she was talking about Kei. He promptly rushed over to the airport, where he found Kei forcefully holding Oto's arm. He ordered him to "Let go of her."
Haruto then revealed that Kei had been researching them. Kei tried once more to convince Oto to come with him, but Haruto stood in front of her, saying "Don't drag her into this!" The two were shortly approached by Sojiro and Akira Mimasaka, who offered them a ride home. In the car, Sojiro invited them to Akira's house, where they locked them in the guesthouse. A few minutes later, Haruto said "If you wanted to go, I should've let you" and then insinuated that she had feelings for Kei. Oto told him "I wanted to see you." Realizing the implication of her statement, he grappled with his memories for several minutes, before deciding to take a chance. Haruto then embraced her, declaring "I'll get beaten down as many times as it takes." He told her that he wanted to "spend more time with [her]" after dealing with his family situation.
Haruto was handsome with pleasant, symmetrical features. He had wavy, almost black hair, which he later had cut shorter. Haruto was 176 centimeters tall and weighed about 60 kilograms. He desired to be four inches taller and eventually grew by two inches. He used to work out rigorously to improve his small build. Haruto gained an allergy to chicken breast, due to him eating too much during his bodybuilding phase. Following the Manly Man Festival, Haruto retained most of the muscle mass he gained during his training.
Personality and traits
Haruto was an earnest and dedicated person with good intentions. During his childhood, he was bullied for being short and small. Haruto developed a complex about this, which was exasperated when he starting hero-worshiping Tsukasa and the F4. Because of this, he felt inferior compared to Tenma, who had many of the qualities Haruto wanted. His love for Oto gradually made him a stronger person, allowing him to trust himself more. Growing up rich also made Haruto ignorant to how regular people were.
His favorite hobby was buying mail-order items, which he would have delivered at the convenience store to keep it a secret. He collected power stones and F4-related goods, particularly those pertaining to Tsukasa Domyoji. Haruto also often consulted horoscopes.
Behind the scenes
- Haruto is a main character of Boys Over Flowers Season 2 and first appears in chapter one.
- He is featured on nine covers of the series' twelve volumes, excluding volumes three, five, and ten.
- Haruto's favorite food, hamburger steak, is also Tsukushi Makino's favorite.
- Singer and actor Sho Hirano portrays Haruto in the drama, Hana Nochi Hare (2018). Child model and actor Sho plays a younger version of Haruto. Hirano's version closely follows the original, mirroring Haruto's eccentric personality. Like in the manga, his character develops during the trials he experiences after he falls in love Oto.
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