- "There was one person who stood up to the F4. That there was one girl who made enemies of the entire school. As for me, when our company went bankrupt and our things got repossessed, I put on a fake front as I continued to go to school. I cowardly protected myself. If the truth was ever discovered I planned to run away with my tail between my legs. I can't be like that girl."
- —Oto Edogawa[src]
Oto Edogawa (
Born on December 15, Oto was the only child of Yukie and Makoto Edogawa. Her father founded Edo Quality Cosmetics and dreamed of someday "hav[ing] the world in his hands." His business was successful for a short time after he developed a special beauty cream. The company became "riddled with debt" within a few years. Following her father's bankruptcy, Oto and her mother began living by themselves in a small Tokyo apartment. Her father went to Kyushu, where he worked for a distant relative to slowly pay off his debts.
During her childhood, she and mother would meet Miyoko Hase, Yukie's best friend, and her son Tenma once a month. Their mothers shared a wish that they would someday "become family through [their] children." They then had Oto and Tenma engaged, though it was only a verbal agreement between both families. At Tenma's mother's funeral, Oto silently sat by his side for several hours. Following the remarriage of Tenma's father, his stepmother agreed to continue the engagement only as long as she attended Eitoku Academy where she enrolled at for junior high.
After graduating from Eitoku Junior High, Oto moved on to Eitoku Senior High. Oto was placed in Class D where she made friends with Kyoko and Asami. She spent much of her time and effort trying to hide her family's poverty. She feared that the Correct 5 would force her to leave since they were systematically finding the poor students and issuing them withdrawal notices. By this time, Oto had also obtained a part-time job at a Dowson, a convenience store, to help out her mother.
Oto lied to Kyoko and Asami about her driver going on vacation though she of course did not have one. The girls offered her a ride, which she could not refuse. Once they left, Oto ran off and accidentally found herself in front of the Correct 5's car. She was shocked, but was able to make up an excuse and left quickly. Later that day, the group's leader Haruto Kaguragi came to her work, where his mail-order items had been delivered. They recognized one another and she realized with horror that she would be kicked out of school. The following morning, Haruto confronted her and told her to leave. They then noticed another student being harassed. Oto went to help her and called Haruto "pathetic" for not trying. Within a few seconds, Haruto punched the harasser as the other students cheered. Oto used the moment to threaten to expose Haruto's love for mail-order items.
Later at work, Oto agreed to go to a barbecue with her co-workers, when Haruto walked in and overheard. He invited them to hold it at his house. Oto only reluctantly went since her co-workers were excited. Haruto acted condescendingly the entire time. Annoyed, Oto picked up a "hunk of beef" and slapped him with it. She left after telling him "As a human being, you're the worst." At work, she apologized to her co-workers. On her way home that night, another co-worker Tadashi Maeno followed her. She tried to get away from him and he grabbed her arms. Haruto then came out of nowhere and kicked Maeno, who promptly ran away from the scene. He accidentally admitted to following her, which she called "creepy". Oto later realized that the situation might have been worse if Haruto had not shown up. That night, she visited him at his mansion to thank him.
The next time Oto went to work, her co-workers revealed to her that Maeno had quit. She suspected that Haruto had something to do with it, which he later confirmed. He then asked her to go with him to eat pancakes. Oto agreed in order to repay him for saving her from Maeno. On Saturday, Oto went on her monthly date with Tenma wearing the clothes his stepmother sent over. The following day, Oto met Haruto near the pancake shop which he had purchased earlier to avoid lines. Haruto asked her about her reason for wanting to stay at Eitoku, before assuming it was because of the F4. He took her on a "pilgrimage" to their houses. At Tsukasa Domyoji's house, Oto admitted the real reason she wanted to stay was because she was betrothed to Tenma. Haruto laughed and called her life "pathetic." She replied "This sad life of mine has absolutely nothing to do with you."
Out of hiding
- "While I was struggling every day at Eitoku Academy, there were a few times when I felt like my old self. I had suppressed my true self. But without realizing it, it had come out again. Because of that weirdo. Haruto Kaguragi, ironically, it was when I was around him."
- —Oto Edogawa[src]
A few days later, a customer reported that someone outside looked unwell. Oto went outside and found Haruto wearing a Momonozono Academy uniform. He asked her "Won't I do?" which confused Oto. Her coworker and friend Arisa Konno then came outside. Haruto began complaining about a stomachache, leading Konno to invite him and Oto to her apartment. Oto ended up cooking dinner. Konno stepped out for a moment to buy drinks. Oto asked him about his earlier question. She thought he was comparing himself to Tsukasa, not knowing he was actually thinking of Tenma. She encouraged him to "cherish [his] own unique qualities." On their way home, Haruto apologized for his insulting her before. Oto easily forgave him with a smile after teasing him first. He then told her "Don't say that your life has absolutely nothing to with me," before leaving her behind confused.
Later at school, Oto discovered fliers which revealed her secret by calling her a "peasant." The entire school began acting cold toward her, including Asami and Kyoko. Correct 5 member Airi Maya confronted her and told her "Don't think you can go crying to [Haruto]." Oto asked her if Haruto was the one who posted the fliers, which Airi affirmed. While leaving, she ran into Haruto and told him "I don't ever want to see your face again!" Oto went home, planning to tell her mother that she was going to quit Eitoku. However, she lost her nerve once her mother began reminiscing about the past and her hopes to see Oto and Tenma married one day. She later informed Tenma about her plans and told him "Now you can be free!" He asked her if she would go back to her former self if she quit. Oto said "That I can't say" and recalled that she "felt like [her] old self" around Haruto.
The following morning, Oto walked to school with the intent to quit. As she walked, she remembered a girl who stood up to the F4 but thought to herself "I can't be like that girl." When she stepped inside Eitoku, a student poured water on her and another punched her in the face. Oto was beaten badly by the time Tenma found her lying on the ground. He quickly dispatched her attackers, before holding her in his arms. Tenma revealed that he paid a donation in her name which would allow her to stay. When Oto questioned why, he replied that he wanted to begin living for her "sake." Tenma took her to the hospital and insisted that she stay to recover overnight. He indirectly confessed his feelings by saying, "I never once thought of you as just a fiancée arranged by my parents." After he left, Oto reflected that she felt the exact opposite of what Tenma said.
Trouble with Airi
After Tenma left, Haruto visited her at the hospital. He tripped and accidentally touched her breast, earning a punch that knocked him out. As soon as he woke up, Oto left the hospital and he followed. He apologized for her getting hurt. Oto knew that he was not the person behind it after all. She attempted to apologize for telling him that she did not want to see him again. He told her not to apologize, placing the blame on himself. The next day, Oto discovered that donations were nonrefundable. Deciding not "to waste Tenma's generosity," she made up her mind to "return to how [she] used to be." That weekend, Haruto showed up at Oto's work again. Konno invited the two of them to hang out with her and her boyfriend, Mi-tan. Oto was hesitant to go at first. She ended up having a nice time with the three of them, first at the batting cages and then at a monjayaki restaurant.
Still at a restaurant, they were shocked when Airi suddenly showed up and apologized to Oto for trying to expel Oto forgave her saying "I shouldn't have lied either." Airi then embraced her and asked to be friends. Oto was not sure about that. After saying goodbye to the others, Airi brought Haruto and Oto to a store, where she had Oto given a makeover. Haruto was sent ahead to a cafe, while Airi took Oto to the basement for another "present." She instead locked her inside a room. Inside, Oto found Tenma, who had been tricked by Airi hours earlier. Oto tripped while searching for a way out and Tenma fell on top of her. The two quickly sprang apart. Turning serious, he promised to help her whenever she was in trouble. Haruto unlocked the door and freed them seconds later. Two days after, Kaito Taira visited Oto's apartment to ask if she had seen Airi who had gone missing.
Oto and Kaito went to Haruto's house to question him. He acted unconcerned, irritating both of them. After Kaito left, Haruto mentioned a incident from their childhood but then picked a fight with Oto. She left irritated and searched for Airi based on the clue Haruto gave her. It began raining, when Oto found Airi at an old factory. Despite being frail, Airi tried to push her away. Oto wrapped her in her coat and hugged her to wrap her up. Airi fainted just as Haruto arrived and carried her to safety. Oto caught a cold from the rain and was absent from school for some days. Airi later made a surprise visit. Oto was taken aback at first, but liked that she being her true self. Airi asked Oto about Tenma and whether Haruto still had hope. Oto did not give a clear answer to either question. Airi then dragged her to a beach resort, despite Oto's protests that she was sick.
- Haruto: "Did you hear that? Just now? I didn't think you needed to know. I was thinking I'd take a bath and they had just switched the genders signs...In a stroke of bad luck, someone was already.."
- Oto: "What are you so anxious to explain all this? It has nothing to do with me. I couldn't care less."
- — Oto overhears Haruto and Megumi talking[src]
At the resort, Oto was walking along the beach and coincidentally ran into Haruto, who admitted that he was thinking of her. Their conversation was a bit awkward and turned to Airi, before Oto brought up him saying he was thinking about her. Haruto hesistated and told her "That was just lip service," which annoyed her. He thanked her just as Airi arrived back. Oto then watched Issa Narumiya's flower arranging demonstration with Airi. Afterwards, the two relaxed together in the resort's hot springs. Oto decided to return home instead of spending the night there with Airi. Kaito and Airi tracked down Haruto, who was also leaving, and had him drive her home. Along the way, Oto told Haruto that she wanted to see her mother since she had gone for her first job interview. Once there, Haruto introduced himself to her mother. She later jokingly asked Oto if she was "two-timing Tenma."
The next day, Oto overheard her classmates talking about Megumi Nishidome. She later saw Haruto with Megumi. He hurriedly attempted to explain the situation to Oto. She told him "It has nothing to do with me." A few minutes later, Oto ran into Airi, who said "I thought he was in love with you". Oto told her that she was "mistaken" and that "I doesn't matter." At work, Haruto and Megumi remained on Oto's mind. She considered that she may be jealous but ultimately refused to admit it, saying to herself "Why would I be jealous over him?!" At home, her mother showed her a kimono sash she had bought earlier. Oto yelled at her mother for spending money frivolously. She ran from the house and was found by Tenma, who happened to be driving by. Crying, Oto told him to go since she was "disgusted with [her]self." He refused to leave her alone and told her "I'm here for you."
As Tenma walked her home, Oto was able to calm down. They met her mother near the apartment. After saying goodbye to Tenma, Oto and her mother apologized to each other. The next morning, she and Tenma met up for their monthly date. Deciding to go casual, Oto wore her regular clothes and Tenma bought something new at a thrift store. They then went to an aquarium, where they saw Megumi who confessed that she had a crush on Haruto and asked for Oto's permission. She responded "Do whatever you want." Oto then pulled Tenma aside and asked him to date her for real. That night, Tenma dropped Oto off at work. He asked her if she was sure about them dating. Oto told him "Please be good to me" with a bow and smile. Noticing Oto's appearance, Konno asked if she was on a date with Haruto. Oto told her "No, not at all."
- Oto: "Oh! I apologized again...I can't help it. Apologizing has become so automatic for me."
- Tenma: "It seems I'm the one always making you say that. Let's go slow. We've only just started dating. Anyway that's the Oto I like"
- — Tenma and Oto after sharing their first kiss[src]
Some days later, Airi learned that Oto and Tenma began dating. She later voiced her disappointment about it to Oto. That night, Tenma invited her to an opening on an amusement park. It was their first date outside the usual time. At school, Megumi approached Oto during lunch. She asked Oto again about pursuing Haruto. Oto replied "I have nothing to do with him." That weekend, Oto and Tenma decided to ride the roller-coaster first. Feeling nauseous, she lied on a bench and then saw Haruto and Megumi nearby. Megumi suggested for the four of them to spend the day together like a "double date." Oto found the situation awkward, though she went along with it. The atmosphere then turned tense when Haruto began challenging Tenma at every turn. Megumi later apologized to Oto for suggesting the date while they waited for the guys to come out of a ride.
The group decided to get on the Ferris wheel next. Haruto boarded the same carriage as Oto by accident. During the ride, Oto told him to stop "stringing [Megumi] along" if he did not like her. He replied "Aren't you stringing me along?" He was about to tell her something else just as the ride lurched. A child nearly fell out of a carriage below them, but Haruto climbed down and saved him in time. Haruto slipped and fell onto a mattress on the ground. Afterwards, Tenma and Oto left and ran into a few of his classmates, including a girl who had a crush on him. Worried, Oto asked Tenma about the girl. He snapped at Oto which startled her. Oto apologized and quickly left. Making up her mind to stop being "wishy-washy," she went to Haruto's house and asked him if he liked her which he confirmed it. Oto thanked him for sharing his feelings, before saying "Now we can end this."
Oto apologized to Haruto for not realizing his feelings and asked him to stop pursuing her. He questioned why she had to date Tenma and not him, asking "Don't you feel anything after hearing my confession?" She responded "There's nothing else for me to say." Oto sat at a fast food restaurant late into the night thinking about Haruto's confession. Near her house, she encountered Tenma. Oto apologized by reflex but Tenma told her "Don't ever apologize to me again" before kissing her. At home, Oto jumped into the shower thinking about her first kiss and a "pain in [her] chest." The next day, Haruto ignored her at school. Sometime later, Eitoku was vandalized. Oto was annoyed by the students' attitudes and began cleaning off the graffiti. She was helped by the Correct 5. Oto later agreed to meet Airi after school and before she had to go to work.
On her way to meet Airi, Oto was approached by three guys who were targeting Eitoku students. They attempted to use spray paint on her clothes, but accidentally sprayed it in her eyes during the struggle. The guys fled when a group of Momonozono students, including Hitoshi Konoe, arrived. They then helped her to a nearby hospital for treatment. Tenma arrived shortly and suggested that she transfer to Momonozono. Oto reminded him of his stepmother's condition, to which he said "You don't have to worry about that." Tenma then asked Konoe to escort her to work. Konoe acted very pushy about her transferring soon. Shortly after arriving at work, Haruto showed up to check on her. He became irritated when she mentioned of Tenma while she was telling him about what happened. Haruto said some hurtful words to her, leading her to tell him that she may transfer.
Haruto left after telling Oto to "hurry up and transfer." After work, Oto met Konoe at the bridge. He revealed that he saw her and Haruto, and warned her "Try not to do anything that might be misconstrued." Oto was taken aback by his rudeness. She then went her mother's job and waited until the end of her shift. Oto asked her about transferring to Momonozono. Her mother promptly said no, saying that she always wanted her child to attend Eitoku. Oto was surprised by her mother's refusal. The following day, she received a uniform from Konoe. She immediately went to return it. Outside Konoe's home, she saw him talking to the guys that attacked her. Oto quickly realized that he was behind the Eitoku attacks. Once the others left, she confronted him about his actions. Konoe told her that he wanted to make Tenma "victorious."
Konoe told Oto that she was "unsuitable" for Tenma and then walked off. She began experiencing a sharp stomach pain as she headed towards Tenma's house. Some hours later, Tenma finally arrived along with Konoe. She pointed at Konoe and accused him of being behind the Eitoku attacks, which he denied. Tenma told her that she must be "mistaken." Konoe then insulted her with insinuations about the reason for her not transferring. Oto slapped him and ran out of the house. Shortly later, Haruto found her crying and offered to take her home. She declined but then collapsed. Haruto brought her to a hospital, where she was given a diagnosis on her stomach pain. Haruto walked her home and Tenma and Konoe showed up along the way. Tenma asked her why she thought Konoe was behind the attacks. Haruto questioned why he would not believe his girlfriend.
Haruto vs. Tenma
- Oto: "If he ever says anything to you, just let it go. There's no reason for you two to fight each other."
- Haruto: "What? There's lots of reasons for us to fight. I'll take him on."
- — Oto tries to warn Haruto not to fight Tenma[src]
When Haruto defended Oto, she wondered to herself "Why is he the one who actually believes me?" The three guys began arguing amongst themselves until Oto yelled at them all to go home. She walked to a close-by park to wash her face and Haruto followed her. There Oto told him that she was not transferring which made him happy. She said goodbye and turned to leave. Haruto hugged her from behind and said "I can't stop being in love with you." At that very moment, Tenma walked up and saw them together. Oto tried to tell him that Haruto was "just joking," which he refuted before declaring that he had not given up on Oto yet. Tenma walked Oto back to her home. Despite being calm before, Tenma described how angry he was at Haruto. The next day, she warned Haruto not to fight Tenma since he was a talented martial arts champion.
Three days later, Oto was unable to get a hold of Tenma and told Airi "I'm worried that things might have gotten out of hand." She then learned from Kaito and Issa that Haruto was at Sugimaru Eibi's house in Kyoto. Konoe later visited her at her work and informed her about Haruto and Tenma were going to compete in the "Manly Man Festival." He voiced his plans to spread the news in order to humiliate Haruto. Oto begged him not to announce it. He was hurt by her since she was only trying to protect Haruto. Later, she discussed the contest with Airi, Kaito, and Issa. She told them that she felt responsible for the situation. On the day of the contest, Oto and Airi traveled there together. Airi asked her to cheer for Haruto and not for Tenma. Oto recalled that she was the reason Tenma desired to become strong. She knew she could not "betray" him to "cheer on [Haruto]."
After Tenma won the first round, Oto decided to ask him to quit. On the way, she received a video from Konno depicting her confrontation with Konoe. In it he confessed to the attacks. Tenma overheard it from nearby. Oto later reflected "Even though we had spent so much time together, we hadn't been truly communicating with each other." Tenma ultimately ended up forfeiting the contest to Haruto. Afterwards, Haruto asked Oto to break up with Tenma and "be with [him]" instead. He promised to wait for her at Shijo Ohashi Bridge. She refused to go and went to see Tenma at his house. He asked her about Oto and could tell from her reaction that she cared deeply for him. Tenma told Oto "Do what you want" and expressed his wish to end their engagement. Three guys then attempted to rob them and stabbed Tenma, while he was trying to protect Oto.
Looking after Tenma
- Tenma: "Oto. Don't you have plans? I can explain by myself."
- Oto: "Plans? What are you going on about? You think anything else matters? How long have we known each other? D-did you think I was the type of person, who would leave you in this situation?! Stupid!"
- — Oto stays with Tenma after he gets hurt[src]
Oto accompanied Tenma to the hospital, though he protested causing her to shout "Did you think I was the type of person who would leave you in this situation?!" At the hospital, Tenma was immediately taken into surgery. Oto began thinking about Haruto while she was waiting. She wrote him a note, telling him to go home, and asked a taxi driver to deliver it to him. After Tenma's surgery, he revealed to Oto that he had no feeling in his right hand. Tenma's parents arrived from Tokyo soon. His stepmother blamed Oto for the accident. Oto already felt that it was fault, despite Tenma's reassurances that it was not. She later decided to stay in Kyoto with Tenma. His father asked her "Please look after Tenma" before leaving. Oto later ran into Konoe, who was also being treated at the hospital. She stopped him from jumping off the roof by telling him that "Tenma [would] think it [was] his fault."
Tenma was later temporarily released from the hospital. Oto and Konoe stayed with him at his family's Kyoto home. On Christmas, she went along with Konoe's attempt to cheer up Tenma by dressing in a reindeer costume. She later opted to stay in Kyoto, when Tenma decided to see Haruto in Tokyo on New Years' Eve. Sometime in January, Tenma had surgery on his right arm again. Oto and Konoe continued to stay with him in Kyoto for six months. She began her final year in high school that summer, despite her numerous absences. Oto and Airi were reunited after months apart. Airi asked her if she was going on the joint summer trip between their school and Momonozono. When Oto said no, she attempted to get Haruto, who was passing by, to convince her. He looked at her coldly and said "If she doesn't want to come then don't make her."
Oto was shocked speechless by Haruto's cold words and his look of indifference at her. When Airi declared that she would no longer be friends with him, Oto pleaded with her not to "break up [their] friendship over [her]." Airi spent the afternoon trying to cheer up Oto. At a cafe, she revealed to Airi that she and Tenma broke up since she could not be her true self with him. Airi took Oto to her house, where they looked at photos. Seeing pictures of Haruto, Oto cried when she realized that she could "show [her] true emotions" with him. Some days later, Oto decided to go on the summer trip at the last minute. She was worried about seeing Haruto again, though she eventually resolved to enjoy herself per Airi's advice. At the resort, she signed up for a snorkeling tour. Haruto happened to be in the same group as her. The two were stranded in the ocean, when the boat left by mistake.
Friends again with Haruto
- Oto: "That day at the bridge, how long did you wait for me?"
- Haruto: "I forget. Anyway, don't talk about that."
- Oto: "If we don't make it home, I'll regret it forever, so I'm going to say it. I'm sorry. For not going that day, I'm so sorry. I wanted to tell you for so long."
- — Oto and Haruto while they are stranded in the ocean[src]
Haruto refused to talk to Oto for four hours while they were stranded. She eventually grew tired from dehydration and started to pass out. Haruto offered his help, which she refused due to his earlier indifferent attitude. He told her that he did not want her to die, so he held Oto to keep her from sinking. Before falling unconscious, she apologized to him for not meeting him on the bridge that day. She woke up at the resort, having been rescued by Tenma and Airi. Haruto decided to return home that night. Oto ran after him to thank him and also promised to help him "if [he was] ever in a jam." She stood there for several minutes after his plane had taken off. Two days later, Oto went home early from the trip. She received a phone call from Konno, who said Haruto was waiting for her at their job. He reminded Oto of her promise, before asking to stay at her house.
After learning Haruto was "kicked out" of his house, Oto agreed to let him stay at her place. She found a note from her mother that she was on a trip, which made Oto nervous about being alone with Haruto. He later explained a bit more about his situation, including his father's decision to adopt a new heir. The two then settled down to bed separated by a sliding down. They started talking about that day on the bridge. Hearing his feelings about the situation, Oto cried and told him about the note which he apparently had not received. The next day, Haruto's replacement Kei Windsor confronted Oto at her job. He demanded for her to take him to see Haruto, which she bluntly refused. Kei then began giving the other employees marketing tips. She asked him to stop, to which he said "This doesn't have anything to do with Haruto," leaving her unable to argue further.
That night, Oto attempted to tell Haruto about Kei coming to her job after cooking dinner. He interrupted her by informing her it was his birthday. She then started looking around for something to give him. Coming up with nothing, she offered to do "anything." He asked for a kiss, which flustered her. Once he said it was a joke, she became indignant and tried to hit him. She accidentally fell on top of him, just as Airi entered the apartment crying. Airi asked whether they were "doing it," which Oto vehemently denied. Changing the subject, she demanded to know what Airi was crying about, saying "Tell me and I'll do something about it right now." Airi hugged her and told her that it was just because she missed them. Haruto left with Airi, deciding to stay at her home instead. A few seconds later, Oto's mother returned home from her trip.
- Oto: "I want to speak to Kaguragi one more time."
- Kei: "Do you realize what you're saying, Oto?"
- Oto: "I do. I know it's foolish. But, I want to see him. I really want to see him!"
- — Oto wants to talk to Haruto one more time[src]
The next day, Oto's manager asked her and Kei to shop for decorations for the store. They found something suitable and left the store, before running into Haruto. He refused to listen to Oto's explanations and snapped at her, yelling "You're always trying to please everyone!" Kei then defended Oto, leading Haruto to say "Two shifty people like you make a good match." After work, Oto wanted to talk to someone, but Konno was busy and Airi did not answer her call. She ended up alone in a park, thinking over Haruto's harsh words. Kei then sat down next to her and told her "It's my fault he said those horrible things to you." She said it was not his fault. On her way home, she ran into Kaito who told her about Airi's crush on Tenma. Oto realized why Airi had been acting strange. She thought that she had had hurt Airi and was consumed with guilt. Kei walked up and found her crying.
Kei brought Oto to a cafe, where she told him "I didn't want to hurt anyone." She admitted that she was "lonely" when she avoided others but that it was "easier." Kei told her "You should just cut ties" and presented a convincing argument to do so. He then asked her to go with him to America. Later, Oto told her mother about her breakup with Tenma. She cried but told Oto "I have no right to dictate your life." The next morning, Oto met Kei at the airport. She decided that she wanted to speak to Haruto again at the last second. Kei became angry and was trying to force her to go, when Haruto arrived. He revealed that Kei had been researching them. Kei still tried to convince Oto to come with him, but Haruto refused to let her go. After Haruto and Oto argued for a bit, Sojiro Nishikado and Akira Mimasaka appeared and offered them a ride home.
On the drive, Sojiro invited Oto and Haruto to go to Akira's house. There they gave the pair a tour of the garden. Sojiro and Akira then trapped the two in the guest house. Oto was attempting at small talk, when Haruto asked whether she really wanted to go to America. He interrupted her answer and then made a comment about her possibly having feelings for Kei. Oto gathered the courage to say "I wanted to see you," having decided not to "deny [her] feelings anymore." Haruto was taken aback by her declaration, causing Oto to falter and feel awkward. She told him "I know that it's all over for you" and started to cry. Haruto then embraced her and made an attempt to kiss her, but was interrupted by the phone. Before Sojiro and Akira returned, Haruto called her by her first name and told her that he wanted to spend time with her soon.
Settling things with Tenma
- "I made a decision to be true to my feelings from now on. But, it's so hard. I have so many memories with Tenma. Inside my heart, there's a big lump even now. But in the end, I'm hurting everyone."
- —Oto feels guilty for hurting Tenma[src]
After Haruto dropped her home, her mother informed her that Tenma' father wanted to speak to them about ending the engagement. Airi had also called, leading Oto to realize "Nothing's really been settled." She then received a text from Haruto, which gave her courage. Later, Airi visited her at work. She begged Oto to be with Tenma, telling her "Hase only has you." Later, Oto went to Tenma's house by herself since her mother had a cold. There his father asked her reason for breaking their promise. She answered "I have fallen in love with someone else." He was disappointed but took it well, saying "Both of your feelings should come first." On her way out, she and Tenma stumbled upon his mother's old parlor. He asked her if she had realized her feelings for Haruto, which she confirmed. Oto went to leave, but Tenma gripped her arm and asked her not to go.
Tenma soon let her go, admitting that he was scared of her leaving. Oto was about to apologize when he cut her off and pushed her out of the room. After returning home, she received a text from Haruto inviting her to a summer festival at his house. Wearing the yukata he sent, Oto went with Konno and Mi-tan. She enjoyed being around Haruto, but found that could not stop thinking about Tenma. She recalled a memory of him from their childhood when Haruto leaned in for a kiss, causing her to pull away. Airi arrived soon and Oto took her inside, after she hyperventilated. Oto admitted to her that she was having trouble forgetting Tenma. Haruto interrupted saying "Let's make our own memories from now on." Once Airi left, he asked her to go out with him officially. She hesitated until he said "I like you just as you are," leading her to cry from happiness.
At Eitoku's start of term address, Oto was hiding in the back with Airi, who was trying to avoid Kaito. Airi revealed to her that Kaito liked her, to which Oto simply replied "I thought so." Afterwards, Haruto walked up to Oto and asked if she liked his speech. Being busy with Airi, she did not hear a word of it. Kaito then approached Airi and confessed his feelings to her in front of everyone. Later at work, Konno asked her if she was dating Haruto. She advised Oto to be honest with him and tell him her feelings. Oto thanked her for being a good friend. The next morning, Haruto suddenly came to her house and put her into a car outside. He told her that Tenma was leaving for Los Angeles and promise to wait for her to return. Oto arrived at the airport in time to say goodbye to Tenma. Unable to hold back her tears, she promised to smile next time they saw each other.
Issues with her mom
- "I was jealous. I was wondering what went on when you were dating Megumi. Even though it's all over, you may think I'm being stupid but I was ticked off. Sorry for making you unsure about us all this time. I do love you. Really."
- —Oto finally reveals her feelings to Haruto[src]
When Oto returned home, she found Haruto waiting outside for her. She thanked him for telling her. Her mother interrupted and dragged her inside. She told Oto "I don't like this boy" and accused him of hindering Tenma somehow. Oto yelled at her mom to stop, which upset her. A week later, she told Airi that the fight which was still ongoing. Airi then drove Oto to her family's reclusive vacation home. She took away her phone and drove off as Haruto arrived by helicopter. Due to a storm, the two were stranded. Oto made up her mind to express her feelings to Haruto, but became irritated when Haruto mentioned Megumi. She denied being jealous. He then expressed feeling insecure in their relationship. Wanting to clear her head, Oto ran outside into the rain and Haruto followed. She apologized to him, before declaring "I do love you."
Soaking wet, the two headed back inside. Oto went to have a bath first, but could not find a change of clothes or robe. She asked Haruto and promptly ran away upon finding him changing. He knocked on the door to tell her there was a robe underneath the sink. After their separate baths, Oto found Haruto reminiscing about some writing on a wall. His were particularly dark, including one saying "I wish tomorrow wouldn't come." Haruto called himself "dumb" for thinking so, and leaned in to kiss her. A few minutes later, her mother walked in with Airi. Incredibly angry, she refused to hear Oto's explanations and dragged her away. In the car, she informed Oto that she had called her father and asked him to return home. The next day, a girl walked into Oto's work to ask for directions. Oto was surprised to see that she was heading to Haruto's house.
Later that afternoon, Airi and Haruto returned to Tokyo. They took Oto to a cafe, where they discussed strategies on getting her mother to accept Haruto. Oto was firm about her mother changing her mind, saying "I think she'll come around." Outside, Haruto told her about their double date with Airi and Kaito. The girl from before suddenly appeared saying Haruto's name. She leaped into his arms and he pushed her away. The girl, revealed to be Amei Hanawa, eventually recognized Oto from earlier. Haruto introduced Oto as his girlfriend shocking the girl, who claimed to be his "first crush." He then rushed off with Oto and explained that he had not told her about Amei before because it was such a long time ago. Despite acting understanding, it bothered Oto and she could not stop thinking about Amei's upbeat personality, which contrasted with her own.
On the day of the double date, Oto was accosted by Amei, who asked to come along. Haruto was against letting her, but Oto said it was okay and Airi and Kaito agreed. The group later wanted to go out onto the pond. A game of rock-paper-scissors decided that Oto was in a boat with Airi and Kaito with Haruto and Amei in another. Airi revealed to her that Amei had a serious illness, but had since recovered. Afterwards, Oto went home while the others went to Amei's welcoming party. That night, Haruto called her to tell her he was outside her place. He then asked her to go to his house. There Haruto explained his history with Amei. After hearing this, Oto was about to ask whether he would be with Amei if things had turned out differently. He interrupted her, saying "I'll always pick you in the end." The two then shared a kiss, before he walked her home.
The next morning, her mother informed her that her father was coming home that night. He also requested to meet Haruto the next weekend. Oto texted the information to Haruto later at school. That weekend, the Edogawas got ready to meet Haruto. Oto received a call from him shortly, telling her that he was at the hospital with Amei. Haruto was held up for several hours, but Oto asked her parents to continue waiting. When he finally arrived, Oto's father took him outside for a chat. He then returned to the apartment without Haruto. Oto felt that she could not leave the situation like it was and went after Haruto. She caught up with him near his house, where she saw Amei hugging him. Oto listened to them talking for several minutes, before slipping away. On her way home, she received a video from Konoe. He and Tenma asked her to come visit them sometime.
Los Angeles trip
- "I also wondered, after coming here an seeing Tenma, was I living true to myself? At the time, I felt I was missing something. I thought about what it could be. It was you. You don't need to compare yourself to anyone else, Haruto Kaguragi. I think you're wonderful just the way you are."
- —Oto to Haruto[src]
The next day, Oto flew out to Los Angeles and went to Momonozono's campus there. She was greeted by Konoe and Tenma. Konoe had suspicions about her sudden appearance, though Oto dodged him by saying she had a "long weekend." The two guys then brought her to the beach, before taking her out to eat at a cafe. Tenma received a call from the school about a "suspicious person," who turned out to be Haruto. Once Tenma and Konoe left, Oto and Haruto were able to quickly make up. He then asked her if she wanted to stay with him at his hotel. Nervous, Oto went with him since she wanted to tell him her feelings again. Haruto declared to her "I'll become the best version of me and be worthy of you." She told him "I think you're wonderful just the way you are." Oto then fell asleep next to him, after saying "I love you."
In the morning, the rest of the Correct 5 barged into their hotel room. Oto noticed Airi and Kaito acting strangely and voiced her concerns about the two to Haruto. At Tenma's school, Oto found Kaito after he separated from the group. He confessed that he found the situation "difficult" and "the thought of losing Airi" made him upset. Kaito then left after asking Oto to make up an excuse for him. She returned to the group and told them they he went back to the hotel because of jet lag. Airi saw through the excuse and told Oto "He says he likes me, but then he disappears when it counts." Later, Oto and Haruto returned to the hotel and found Kaito there. He told them that Airi wanted to study in Los Angeles after graduation. Oto asked him how he responded and then became angry, saying "Why would you say something you don't mean?"
After Kaito ran off, Oto and Haruto left the hotel to search for him and Airi. They found the two embracing. Seeing that everything was okay, Haruto suggested that he and Oto go on a date. The couple wandered around having fun until they came upon a woman yelling on the boardwalk. Haruto recognized her as Tsukasa's girlfriend Tsukushi Makino. He and Oto were shocked to learn she had no idea where Tsukasa was, sensing something was wrong. That night, Oto had a sad dream about Tsukushi. The next day, they went with Tenma to meet his friend, who turned out to be Tsubaki Domyoji. At her house, they met Tsukushi again. Oto introduced herself to Tsukushi, before she went off to bed. Later, Tsubaki learned about Oto's connection to Tenma which reminded her of the old days of the F4. Tsubaki then made a speech about destiny which touched everyone there.
Tsukushi and the F4
- "No, it's not about strength. You were amazing, Haruto. Your words will resonate with that boy. The only person who can change you is yourself. It was the same for me. Because of you, I was able to change. I like the person I am now the most."
- —Oto to Haruto[src]
That night, Oto and the Correct 5 returned to Tokyo. They discovered that Tsukushi had snuck onto the plane. Upon landing, Oto invited her to her home which irritated Haruto, who wanted to have a serious talk with her parents. There they were joined soon by Rui Hanazawa and then Oto's parents. Sitting down together, her parents told the couple that they would not object to their relationship. They then revealed that they would be moving to Kyushu soon. Oto and Haruto went outside to discuss the news. Tsukushi encouraged them "If you two need to be together then I don't think you should separate." Oto and Haruto told her parents that they did not want to be apart. Her father then revealed that they had planned for this possibility, informing her that she would stay with her aunt Taeko. Afterwards, the couple shared the news with Tsukushi.
The next day, Oto and the others went to go see off Tsukushi who decided to return to Los Angeles for her training. She received a phone call from Haruto asking her to stop the plane. Oto promptly pulled Tsukushi off. A few minutes later, the F4 arrived including Tsukasa who embraced Tsukushi. The two started to argue, leading Oto to say "This isn't the warm reunion I had pictured in my head." Nevertheless, they settled things and hugged again. After Tsukushi and the F4 left, Oto and the others all celebrated. Later, Oto received a text from Tsukushi "Let's both do our best!!" A few days later, she said goodbye to her parents at the train station. Oto's father told her that he was proud of her. She went to her new apartment afterwards to get ready for her friends to come over. A couple hours after Haruto arrived, they realized that the others were not going to show.
Oto's aunt interrupted the couple and checked on her niece briefly before leaving since she lived in the next town over. Haruto then told Oto about their future together which he predicted would be dificult. He said "I want you to come with me," and she answered "I'll try my best." Oto decided to go with Haruto to his house. Along the way, someone tried to rob them. Haruto saw himself in the guy and encouraged him to change. At his house, Kobayashi cried after learning that Oto was spending the night. Oto was happy that Kobayashi approved of her. That night, she and Haruto spent the night in each other's arms. On Christmas, Oto attended Konno's wedding with the others. She and Haruto left during the reception. He gave her a ring as a promise for a future proposal. Oto accepted it sure that the day would come as long as she stayed by his side.
Oto was considered pretty though perhaps not overly so. She was of an average height, standing at 163 centimeters. Oto had medium length, brown hair. In her second year of high school, she had it cut in a sort-of choppy style. She gradually grew it out but kept the overall shape of it the same. Oto had an oval-shaped with clear, round eyes, a small nose, and a pointed chin. Her wardrobe consisted of mostly casual, comfortable clothing, when she was not wearing her school uniform.
Personality and traits
- "I used to try to live my life without getting too deeply involved with others. I didn't want to hurt anyone. Everyone's so kind and nice."
- —Oto's fear of hurting others[src]
Overall, Oto was kind, caring, and hardworking. After her family went bankrupt, Oto became a responsible person and was practical with money. Unlike her mother, she did not particularly miss their former lifestyle. Her attempts to hide her financial status from the Correct 5 made her quiet and secretive as she always had to make up excuses to her friends at school. Tenma described Oto prior to Eitoku as someone who was "always laughing," "enjoyed life so much," and "said what [she] thought." After her secret was exposed, Oto was able to be herself more but was still reserved.
From an early age, she hated hurting anyone which lead her to hold back her own feelings. She usually went along with what others wanted for her, including her parents' setting up her engagement to Tenma. For a long time, Oto did not make her decisions before she learned hurting others was not always avoidable. Her father was proud of her when she started dating Haruto, which was the first decision she made.
Behind the scenes
- Oto is the heroine of Boys Over Flowers Season 2 and first appears in chapter one.
- She has appeared in nearly every chapter, excluding only "Bonus Story" and "Bonus Story 3".
- In June 2019, Oto placed fourth in the series' character poll. She was featured in the opening illustration of chapter one hundred.
- Hana Sugisaki portrays Oto in the drama, Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season (2018). Sugisaki's hair was cut by thirty centimeters for the role. In the drama, Oto works at FamilyMart instead of Dowson and has a genuine crush on Tenma, whom she calls her "first love". She, however, becomes unsure about her feelings after meeting Haruto. Her personality largely remains intact in the drama, including her kind, hardworking side and her unwillingness to hurt the feelings of others.
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